The Internet was all a buzz today at the Microsoft announcement of an Xbox Live Gold price increase. Since launching 18 years ago, Xbox has always taken fire from gamers, mostly PlayStation fans, for charging to play games online. Over the years the argument has died down ever since Sony announced PlayStation Plus back in 2010 only to be brought up again when Nintendo Online service charged for online services.
According to the announcement, the new pricing for Xbox Live Gold will be as follows: $10.99/per month, $29.99/per 3 months, and $59.99/per 6 months. Keep in mind a few months prior Microsoft removed the yearly subscription that many were used to. To put the costs in perspective, regardless of preference, PlayStation Plus costs $1 less for the 1-month and 3-month plans but offers a 12-month plan for $59.99. Arguments aside of who is better, both services offer the same thing: Free games, member discounts, and online multiplayer access. Frankly, we believe that this is the start of Microsoft pushing more their player base to the more expensive and more feature-packed Xbox Game Pass for $9.99 a month.
To further that effort, Microsoft announced if gamers choose to upgrade their Gold membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the remaining Gold time will convert directly to Ultimate for up to 36 months. If you are an existing online 12-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold member, the price will not change and will renew at the current price. Microsoft did not comment on how long that would last. Luckily, there are often deep discounts through various retailers both physically and online for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass memberships.
While the cost of Xbox Live Gold has just about doubled in a year, it’s in line with the market and with the strategy of pushing customers to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If you are in a region with the price hike, keep your eyes on your inbox as those regions will be receiving emails from Microsoft with the announcement. If you happen to be in one of those regions, pricing won’t go into effect for at least 45 days after you receive the messages.
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