Yesterday in a blog post on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft announced a price hike that doubled the cost of Xbox Live Gold. While the price increase of Gold membership didn’t seem to be a lot raising, at only $1, it effectively doubled the price of Gold from what it was last year. While not every region was affected by the price hike, many gamers were not happy about the price hike, causing Microsoft to quickly switch gears.
Last night around midnight on the East Coast, Microsoft updated their blog post to say that they “messed up today…and decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing” thus being more in line with PlayStation Plus. In another twist, Microsoft announced that, soon, free-to-play games will no longer need Xbox Live Gold Membership to play these games online.
What this means is that games like Fortnite, Warframe, and Call of Duty: Warzone will no longer need a paid Xbox Live Gold membership to play online. Fans of the Halo series will also be pleased to know that when itxs released, Halo Infinite will also be a free-to-play game thus not need a Gold membership.
The update to the Xbox Wire post is below but you can also read the entire post which includes the earlier announcement at news.xbox.com.
We messed up today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.
We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience. For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member already, you stay at your current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for the same prices they pay today. In the US, $9.99 for 1-month, $24.99 for 3-months, $39.99 for 6-months and $59.99 for retail 12-months.
Thank you.No Changes to Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Free-to-Play Games to be Unlocked [Update] – Xbox Wire