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Forza Horizon 5: tips for getting started

By Luke Hopewell November 16, 2021

Horizon Festival is back on, this time in glorious Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 is here. Before you hop in the driver’s seat, here’s what you need to know.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest driving adventure game from Playground Games. Horizon bucks the format of traditional track-based Forza games and takes you on an adventure to a foreign land under the guise of the “Horizon Festival”.

Horizon Festival is a series of driving events around a single country, all in different modes and stages. Sometimes you might be jumping a car a few hundred metres for a fictional photoshoot; other times you’re pushing a rally car to the ragged edge. It’s Carchella, this time set in Mexico.

The developers have cobbled together the best parts of Mexico for you to drive around, with the latest iteration of Horizon featuring a massive active volcano you can scale.

Forza Horizon 5 is available day one on Xbox Games Pass Ultimate, which you can get your hands on with Xbox All Access from Telstra.

Tips for getting started in Forza Horizon 5

Here’s what we wish we knew before we started.

Get your settings right

The initial setup gives you the opportunity to tweak really fine settings about how you can drive in Horizon. Whenever I get into a new game I always skip this step, but taking a bit of extra time for the sake of preparedness is going to put you in good stead for Horizon.

The tutorial is incredibly low-impact and really fun to fly through, too. With each mini-race ahead of the Horizon Festival getting underway, you can tweak and tune your settings to make sure you’re getting the most out of your chosen controller.

Drive a test race, tweak some more, drive another, make sure you’re getting the most out of your car to help unlock those crucial podium finishes.

Get to know the cars

There are a lot of cars in Forza Horizon 5. Like, a LOT.

There are five hundred cars in Forza Horizon 5, from rally cars to classics; EVs to hypercars. And there’s likely more to be added

It’s worth taking a look at the Forza Horizon 5 car list to really get to know what’s on offer.

By also taking a look at the price list, you can set a goal of which cars you want to acquire first. I’m the proud owner of a rose gold Porsche Taycan Turbo S as my first treat to myself, and boy does it move. Is it a common car? Yes, but it also has huge acceleration and an AWD system, so it’s great for getting around the map.

Each car is also suited for different races. Just because your Ferrari goes vrroom doesn’t mean you should use it for every race. Sometimes a Ford Focus RS will do the job even better!

Level up and spin your wheels

Levelling up not only gets you cred (shoutout to the Level 137 friend I see driving around), but also nabs you Wheelspins for in-game rewards.

Some rewards like Forza-exclusive legendary car builds are only available to be won, and not purchased. So making sure you’re spinning that wheel as much as possible is of huge benefit!

There are a tonne of ways to level up in Horizon, and not all of them involve placing first in races. You can set your map to only highlight XP bonus boards that can be smashed for additional points, or you can use your skill points that you pick up to nab additional XP or another free Wheelspin!

Customise, customise, customise

Fancy blowing up your entire car to customise every single panel? You got it.

What about fine tuning every single moving part before a race? Done and done.

The number of cars in Horizon 5 is eclipsed only by the number of customisable options.

You can even make a name for yourself in the Forza Horizon modding community by designing your own wraps and decals that other players can download.

Shoutout to the Aussie (clearly) who created the Bunnings Warehouse wrap for the HSV Maloo. Have fun getting that song out of your head all day.

Getting real with real estate

Don’t do what I did and put off visiting houses in Forza Horizon 5.

Each house gives you a unique ability, like periodic skill point boosters via the in-game radio stations.

Truly the best unlock, however, is the $2m house that unlocks free fast travel across the map. A great investment if – like me – you don’t have as much time to pour into Horizon as you’d like.

Go mobile with Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta)

We’ve been talking a lot about great new games on Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) recently, but Forza Horizon 5 is probably the title that shows it off best.

With Xbox All Access from Telstra, you can use Cloud Gaming (Beta) to load up Forza Horizon 5 on the go.

Horizon translates beautifully onto a mobile platform, and really shines on your big-screened, Telstra 5G-capable smartphone.

Someone in our team has been burning rubber on the go via their Samsung Galaxy ZFold 3 and it’s a revelation!

We’ve got a look at some of the best accessories for cloud gaming on the go on Telstra Exchange!

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The best smartphones and gaming accessories for Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta)

By Harry Tucker November 5, 2021

I’ve had a bit of a revelation lately – a bit of a late-to-the-party one – but gaming on your phone is really fun. I used to always think of it the same way my mum does: playing a bit of Candy Crush or Words with Friends to pass the time while watching a burning crème brûlée on Masterchef.

In my head, if you wanted to game, actually game, it was getting your set up right in front of the big TV with your beefed-up Xbox and hoping no one would come and disturb you while you are in the final-five of an epic Warzone battle. While this is still great, I’ve discovered (after being locked down for months), that being able to play anywhere you want can be even better.

To really get the most out of this though, you are going to want a few things: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a compatible phone, a mobile gaming controller (required for some games) and a great pair of earphones or headphones.

“But what are the right ones for me?” I can hear you asking. Fear not, we have your back.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

There are loads of great games on both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, but if you want to really be playing console-quality games on your phone, you’re going to want to nab yourself Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to access its new Xbox Cloud Gaming service. While most of this guide is about playing on your phone, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also works on your PC and tablet to get you into the action no matter what device you’re on.

Xbox Cloud Gaming brings an Xbox to your phone, wherever you have an internet connection with 10Mbps or higher. Just like Netflix does with movies and TV shows, Xbox Cloud Gaming lets you play over 100 console games that you can play directly on most devices you already own – including your phone. We’re not talking some weird games you’ve never heard of either, there are proper AAA titles at your fingertips. Forza Horizon 4, a bunch of Halo titles and Destiny 2 are all there.

If you already have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, cloud gaming is included in your subscription at no extra cost. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s normally $15.95/month, but we offering the first month’s subscription on us, free to eligible Telstra customers.

We did a big write up about Xbox Cloud Gaming and how it works with Telstra if you want to dive more into that, too.

The best phones for gaming

I know that not everyone is willing or able to spend the same amount on their new smartphone, so I thought I’d break these down by price range to help find something for most people.

Google Pixel 6 Pro – RRP: $1299

Google’s latest have really taken things up a notch this year, which makes them perfect for gaming, particularly its powerhouse Pixel 6 Pro model. It’s got a gorgeous 6.7-inch screen with Google’s Smooth Display technology, which features a buttery smooth 120hz refresh rate, all wrapped in ultra-strong Gorilla Glass Victus to make sure it’s protected when you’re out gaming on the go.

What makes this particularly special for gamers though is Google’s first-ever processor called Tensor. Tensor is a beast – apps launch faster, your battery lasts longer and features like Google Translate run better than ever.

It’s also one of the first devices to launch here that features mmWave 5G, so if you’re able to connect to a mmWave site (available across selected suburbs, with more rolling out soon), you can experience faster speeds and even lower latency when you’re gaming – perfect for Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Oppo Find X3 Pro 5G – RRP: $1499

The Oppo Find X3 Pro 5G is also an amazing choice. With a fantastic 6.7inch screen (also with a 120hz refresh rate), top of the line processor and VOOC ultra-fast charging it’s perfect for gamers.

VOOC fast charging is really its differentiator here, with the ability to charge 40% battery in just 10 minutes, you’ll never have a problem with power if you want to duck out to the park for a quick gaming session (provided you have a VOOC-compatible charger). Likewise, with 5G, it’ll be easy for you to stream Xbox Cloud Gaming on the go without a hitch.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 – RRP: $2499

If you want to up your K:D ratio, this is the one to get. The folding form factor gives you a huge 7.6-inch screen, almost double most other phones when it’s open, plus a 120Hz refresh rate, which makes it perfect for gaming. I’ve been using it as my primary gaming device recently and I’ve honestly never been better at Halo in my life.

On top of the gorgeous, large screen, it’s got a top of the line processor so you never find yourself lagging, supports 5G for low ping and fast download speeds and Samsung’s Game Booster mode blocks out all your notifications and background tasks so all you need to focus on is that final corner in Forza.

Outside of gaming, it’s packed with awesome cameras, an all day battery life and supports Samsun S-Pen for note taking on the go (sold separately).

The best phone accessories for gaming

Before I dive in, I’ll let you in on a bit of a secret. As a Telstra customer, our Telstra Plus rewards program gives you points to say thanks for being with us, and you might just have enough points sitting in your balance to pick up some awesome accessories with a big discount or just by using points.

When it comes to accessories, we have two great gaming controller options you’re going to want to try out, including the Razer Kishi. It comes in both Android and iPhone models and plugs right into your device’s USB-C or Lightning port. It stretches out to fit most phone sizes, while the controls themselves feel as good to use as any dedicated console controller.

It’s available for $155 outright or you can pay it off over 24 months. If you have a few Telstra Plus points lying around, it’s also available for 52,000 points.

Available only for iPhone, your other option is the Backbone One. It’s a collapsible controller, making it easy to stash away in your backpack and connects to your iPhone with the lightning adapter. Best of all, it also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can connect your favourite gaming headset straight to your iPhone.

The Backbone One is available for $179.99 outright or you can pay it off over 24 months.

You’ll truly feel like you’re playing your Xbox on the go.

With your sound, most people fall into two camps: people who prefer small ear buds, or those who want giant cans over their ears.

Either way, you’re going to want something noise cancelling to really immerse yourself in the action. On the earbud end, Beats new Studio Buds offer incredible sound with active noise cancelling at a great price, sitting at $199. While for the same price, if you’d rather some over the ear headphones, Sennheiser’s HD 350BT are a great option.

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How to turn your phone into a gaming console: the best controllers for Android and iPhone

By Campbell Simpson September 30, 2021

The long-awaited launch of Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) means that you can now use your smartphone to play Xbox games even when you’re not in front of your TV. Wherever you have a fast internet connection, all you need is a compatible device – but it gets even better with a handheld controller (required for some games).

Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) bursting onto the scene in Australia gives you an all-access pass to the library of games that you already know and love if you’re a Xbox Game Pass fan, without even having to think of downloading games or updates – just open the app and dive right in. Over 100 incredible Xbox and PC titles are available from day one and more are on the way, including some fully touch-enabled titles.

Your phone, when it’s teamed up with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and a solid Wi-Fi, 4G or 5G connection, will let you jump into a game of Forza Horizon 4 or Gears of War at a moment’s notice. There’s one other piece of the puzzle for maximum fun, though – a quality gaming controller.

Of course, you can use the standard Xbox Wireless Controller with your iOS or Android device by pairing it over Bluetooth – which is handy if you’ve got a spare controller that you keep for whenever friends come around, or if you don’t mind nicking your Player 2’s.

But truly portable gaming means a truly portable controller – one that you can carry around, clip your phone into and just start blasting. So here are two of our favourites!

Razer Kishi – iOS & Android

The Kishi comes from the gaming peripheral experts at Razer, and it’s been a tried-and-tested favourite of mobile gaming fans for years now. If you’ve got an Android phone with a USB-C port, then the Kishi will almost certainly fit it – it’s one of the most universally compatible phone controllers we’ve used.

Any recent Samsung Galaxy S or Google Pixel device will fit snugly, and you can check any other device’s dimensions to see if it will fit. The iOS variant, which replaces USB-C with a Lightning port, has a universal fit for iPhone models since the iPhone 6s, including the newer plus-sized Pro Max models.

What we love about the Kishi is how straightforward it is – just pull the two tabs at the back of the controller and it extends to a size large enough to make sliding your phone in easy. Once your phone is securely connected to the Kishi’s port, gently squeezing the two controller halves together locks your phone into place. When you’re done gaming, slide your phone out and clip the two halves back together – the Kishi will even fit into a pants pocket for travel.

It also has a USB-C charge-through port (or Lightning for the iOS model), so you can keep your phone charged while you’re playing whether that’s from a power bank or from your normal wall charger. And because it’s hooked up to your phone directly, there’s no extra lag from a wireless controller. You can equally happily set it up for just a quick game or two, or settle in for a long gaming session with the Kishi.

The Razer Kishi is great fun to use. Its control scheme is perfect for Xbox games, with two joysticks, a D-pad and four main buttons, as well as extra buttons that map to the Xbox’s Menu, Xbox Home and View buttons. Two bumpers and two triggers complete the ensemble – you couldn’t ask for anything more! The joysticks are well damped and click satisfyingly, and the buttons feel great to press. It makes a spin around the track in F1 2019 more fun than it has any right to be.

Backbone One – iOS

The Backbone One is another great choice if you’re looking for a sleek, slim portable controller to turn your iPhone into a Xbox Cloud Gaming powerhouse. With an adjustable width that will fit iPhones from the 6s onwards, you can drop almost any iPhone into the Backbone One and get gaming straight away. (Backbone has a solution on the way for iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max users – these phones have a slightly larger camera bump.)

Like the Razer Kishi, the Backbone has a relatively flat profile which means you can easily slide it into a bag or pocket. The Backbone One has a Lightning charge-through port on its lower right side, so you can plug in your iOS device charger and keep playing without burning through your iPhone’s battery life.

Where the Backbone One differs to the Kishi, and why you might prefer it as an iPhone user, is that there’s no clips to press to unlock the Backbone from its compact position – instead, all you have to do is pick up the controller and pull its two halves apart.

Since it’s spring-loaded, it’ll naturally settle back into place and clamp your iPhone tightly once you’ve placed it into the controller and plugged it into the Backbone’s iPhone connector.

The Backbone is a little more sleek and streamlined than the Kishi, which might make it more appropriate for smaller hands, and its two hand grips are easy to hold onto for long periods of time and during those tricky boss battles.

It has the same mix of two joysticks, D-pad, four main buttons and all the bumpers, triggers and extras you’ll need for playing Xbox Gloud gaming titles on your phone, wherever you have a strong internet connection. We like the fact that the Backbone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, too, so you don’t have to use a pair of wireless earphones if you don’t want to.

Whichever phone gaming controller you choose, it’ll open up a new world of gaming on Xbox – so get up off the couch, hit the road and start playing!

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X Marks the Spot with Xbox Cloud Gaming

By Nathan Gumley September 30, 2021

As someone who previously spent a bit of time travelling pre-COVID, the concept of being able to play Xbox on the go was an awesome idea when I first heard about it.

At airport lounges, hotel rooms and during breaks in the day, playing the games I love has always been a great way to kill time. Mobile games were OK, but nothing beats reminding my mates who’s the Forza king or getting a chicken dinner on PUBG.

The last couple of years may have been different, but the ability to access my Xbox is still a challenge – especially given there’s always a bit of a fight over who gets to use the TV with everyone at home! I always have my phone with me though, so using its screen is the perfect solution…

With Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta), launching in Australia today, you can do just that. Whether you want to take a break at the local park, play in the spare room without a TV or even on your camping trip – you can play the latest Xbox games on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop wherever you have a fast internet connection. No console required.

At launch, there are over 100 incredible Xbox titles to play, including the likes of Forza Horizon 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Destiny 2. Best of all, Xbox Cloud Gaming is part of your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, so if you already have an account, you’re good to start playing at no extra cost.

Think of it like the ultimate subscription for gaming. You get a whole library of games that you can play on all your devices instantly, wherever you have internet. There is no downloading games, no downloading updates, you can just dive in and play –and your saved data syncs across your account, so you can pick up where you were playing last. Also, highly anticipated games like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite will be cloud enabled for those with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription (which we now offer).

X marks the spot

To make the most of Xbox Cloud Gaming and to celebrate its launch in Australia, we’re also giving 10 Aussie gamers the opportunity to win an amazing pack to up your game with a virtual treasure hunt.

We’re calling it X Marks the Spot and well, it’s eXactly what it sounds like. We’ve put our hiding hats on and have hidden 10 cloud gaming packs in virtual locations across the web.

Here’s a hint: each location was picked due to some significance to Telstra or Xbox. The first person to find each virtual location will win a prize pack.

The prize packs? Five winners will take home an epic Samsung Galaxy S21 5G phone to take your gaming everywhere, a Razer Kishi gaming controller and a 12 month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes access to Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Another five winners will be firing up an Xbox Series S console, a Razer Kishi gaming controller for their mobile phone and a 12 month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which of course includes access to Xbox Cloud Gaming.

So… it’s time to start hunting!

Clues and locations:

  1. The company’s place to chirp and cheep – Found HERE by Jamie, Goonellabah

  1. It’s a game improvement, sure, but the match sounds like a rooster – found HERE by Xudong, Rowville

  1. Crosses staff on every shouting line – Found HERE by Jamil, Raby

  1. This blade sounds fishy – Found HERE by Luke, Roseville

  1. Follow it to the letter and you’ll know where to go – Found HERE by Wesley, Calamvale

  1. A sudden mark of shame for quick movements, it’s an elegant home for streamed entertainment – Found HERE by Corwyn, Evatt

  1. Recreational webs – Found HERE by Ben, Woolloongabba

  1. A keep in Vic’s capital has a battleship to lend – Found HERE by Simon, Craigie

  1. The company swaps upcoming victorious redhead – Found HERE by Keeshan, Dayton

  1. The company swaps the opening of five pretty stallions for speed – Found HERE by Lee, Australind

Update: Well, wow. Just, wow. We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the number of entries (you would have thought we’d learn from last time!) and have only just sifted through the rubble. While we double-check our numbers and sort out a couple of photo-finishes, we can confirm that all the clues have been successfully found.

We’ll post the list of winners Saturday, and will contact our 10 most intrepid X-searchers to get those prize packs delivered. Thank you all so much for all your effort! Keep an eye out for more Xs out there – you never know what we might do next.

Thanks, the competition is now closed!

You can find all the terms and conditions for this competition here.

A match made in gaming heaven

5G is the perfect match for Xbox Cloud Gaming as it delivers the low latency, high capacity and fast speeds needed for a superior gaming experience outside of the home. Telstra’s 5G now covers more than 75 per cent of the Australian population – the largest of any telco – with more than 3,200 suburbs and over 240 cities and towns across the nation. So, it’s not just inside the big city CBDs where Telstra gamers can enjoy the benefits of 5G, and where 5G is not yet available they will switch to 3G/4G.

To enjoy the benefits of 5G, Telstra gamers will need a 5G compatible device and a mobile plan with 5G network access.

As the exclusive telco partner for Xbox Cloud Gaming, we’ve also worked to optimise our networks to make sure Telstra gamers have the best experience possible both at home and out and about. Eligible Telstra customers who are new to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate from Telstra can also get the first month’s subscription on us (normally $15.95/month), giving them access to Xbox Cloud Gaming as well as more than 100 high-quality console and PC games. Existing Telstra Xbox All Access customers will also have access to Xbox Cloud Gaming service from tomorrow as part of their included Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

At home, if you’re playing on WiFi, we’ve also got you covered with Game Optimiser in our nbn Smart Modems making sure that you can race the streets in Forza Horizon 5 this November 4. Eligible Telstra customers can also get the first month on us.

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All the new games on Xbox All Access: July 2021

By Luke Hopewell July 22, 2021

Your destiny awaits you this month on Xbox All Access. Will you become a UFC champion; fly high above the clouds; run your own farm, or even your own island nation? It’s all on offer.

Here’s what’s coming to Game Pass for July:

Tropico 6 (Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 8

In Tropico 6, travel to a beautiful island state and make it your own. In this sixth entry in the series, build and manage a whole archipelago, decking it out with your choice of buildings, industry, and décor. Will you rule your people as a generous statesman or ruthless dictator? The choice is yours.

UFC 4 (Console) EA Play – July 8

Shape your legend with EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – UFC 4 is coming soon to The Play List! Members can enter the Octagon on July 8 to create and customize their own character and start their journey from unknown amateur to UFC superstar.

Bloodroots (Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 15

Left for dead by a colourful group of bandits, you will chain killing sprees to exact revenge on the treacherous Mr. Black Wolf. Improvise your kills with utterly everything you can get your hands on from carrots to plasma guns.

Farming Simulator 19 (Console, and PC) – July 15

The ultimate farming simulation returns! Become a modern farmer and develop your farm on two huge American and European environments, filled with exciting new farming activities, crops to harvest and animals to tend to.

Atomicrops (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 22

Atomicrops is an action-packed, roguelite, bullet-hell game where you must defend and cultivate the last farm in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Tend to mutated crops (be careful, some have teeth), marry townsfolk (ooh la la), collect cats (because who wouldn’t?!), and kill every mutant creature that tries to invade! This ain’t no ordinary farming simulator.

Raji: An Ancient Epic (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 22

Take on the role of Raji, a young girl blessed by the gods to defend the human realm from an onslaught of demonic beings that seek to destroy her world. Brother and sister, Raji and Golu, separated by the attacking demonic hordes, now find themselves in the middle of a great war. Raji has taken it upon herself to find her brother and put an end to this reckless conflict.

Last Stop (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 22

Developed by Variable State, creators of the award-winning Virginia, and available with Xbox Game Pass on day one, Last Stop is a single-player, third-person adventure set in present-day London, where you play as three separate characters whose worlds collide in the midst of a supernatural crisis.

Blinx: The Time Sweeper (Cloud and Console) – July 26

Coming to Xbox Game Pass to celebrate 20 Years of Xbox, Blinx: The Time Sweeper is a fast-paced action game featuring a cool, clever character in wild, warped worlds. The ability to control the flow of time provides a classic 4-dimensional gaming experience.

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (Cloud and Console) – July 26

Celebrating 20 Years of Xbox, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge combines thrilling aerial combat with the swashbuckling style of a Hollywood action-adventure movie. Set in an alternate 1930s world of gunship diplomacy and sinister intrigue, pilot powerful aircraft against nefarious air pirates and behemoth war zeppelins.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox Series X|S) – July 27

From Xbox Game Studios, available with Xbox Game Pass on day one of its release for Xbox Series X|S! From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly-detailed and accurate aircraft in the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S. Test your piloting skills against the challenges of real-time atmospheric simulation and live weather in a dynamic and living world. The sky is calling!

Lethal League Blaze (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 29

An intense, high speed ball game with unique characters, outta sight sounds, and none of that weak stuff. In Shine City, the anti-gravity ball game has long been illegal. The group who kept playing was dubbed the Lethal League. Even now, with their sport pushed underground, players and crews compete for challenge and respect.

Omno (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 29

Available with Xbox Game Pass on day one! A single-player journey of discovery through an ancient world of wonders, created by solo developer Jonas Manke. Full of puzzles, secrets, and obstacles to overcome, where the power of a lost civilization will carry you through forests, deserts, and tundra – even to the clouds.

What is Xbox All Access from Telstra?

With Xbox All Access, you can take up either an Xbox Series X or an Xbox Series S console and get access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting from $33/month for the Xbox Series S when you stay connected for 24 months.

An Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games, and access to EA Play at no additional cost.

New games are added all the time, so there’s always something new to play. Plus, enjoy exclusive member deals and discounts, play together with friends on the most advanced multiplayer network and discover your next favourite game.

Get in on the action

If you don’t have Xbox All Access yet, now is a great time to join with the latest generation Xbox Series X and Series S consoles.

We currently have a good amount of stock of the Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access available both in-store and online. This console offers next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever, and is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*.

The Xbox Series S is an all-digital next-gen console designed to deliver faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds in our smallest Xbox ever. Its superior speeds mean you’ll enjoy more gaming and less waiting. Experience next-gen gaming with no upfront cost, available in-store and online, the Xbox Series S is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*. With the Xbox Series S you can also play some of your favourite games from the previous generations of consoles including Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Original Xbox titles with backward compatibility and many of these games will look and play better than ever.

Head to our website to find out more about Xbox All Access from Telstra, and to sign–up.

Things you need to know about Xbox All Access

Available to Telstra consumer postpaid customers only. Prices vary by console. Stock is limited. Limit of one pre-order per customer account. If you cancel, your monthly subscription within the first 24 months you will need to pay out the remainder of your Xbox console as a one-off payment on your next bill. In order to receive your paid months of Games Pass, you must have activated your Games Pass before you cancel. You cannot activate Games Pass after you cancel. Any months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Live Gold, or Game Pass that you have paid for but not yet used will remain on your account after you cancel until they expire up to a maximum of 36 months, inclusive of the 24 months that is part of All Access. Roll onto monthly subscription on your Telstra bill at the standard market rate after 24 months. Your existing Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass membership(s) will convert to Ultimate at a conversion ratio, up to a max of 12 months (36 months inclusive of your All Access package). Learn more xbox.com/gamepass. To activate the Game Pass subscription that is part of Xbox All Access you will need to sign into your chosen Microsoft account on your new console. Learn more at xbox.com/digitaldirect. Game catalogue varies over time. Requires internet and suitable display. Not available in conjunction with other offers.