Microsoft Admits It Messed Up and Axes Xbox Live Gold Price Hike

Microsoft Backtracks, Xbox Live Gold Pricing Won't Change - Thurrott.com

While the old prices are sticking, going forward, Microsoft is going to make Free to Play (F2P) titles, free...to play.

In an update, Microsoft acknowledged all of this. It's not like it's easy to skip out on Xbox Live Gold, which is required to play games online on Xbox consoles.

On its official website, Microsoft explained that "connecting and playing with your friends is an essential part of the video game experience, and we fail with the players who rely on it every day".

What appears to have the plan is that an increase in the price of Xbox Live Gold would push more people towards Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate due to the perceived better value of those services.

The company also said you won't need a subscription to fire up free-to-play games on Xbox.

Not 24 hours after revealing they would be increasing the price Xbox Live Gold; Microsoft has changed their mind and scrapped the idea. Finally, the Xbox platform is on par with PlayStation and PC in not requiring a paywall to play these games.


The company added, "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".

Free-to-play consumers looking to jump online will need to wait for a while, with Microsoft promising to implement the change "as soon as possible in the coming months". But if there was one reason to actually miss arcade machines it was those fantastic buttons and joysticks that never felt as satisfying to play.

In case you are an Xbox Live Gold member, you can continue with the current pricing for renewal.

Pricing for Xbox Live Gold will remain the same: One-month memberships will cost $10, three-month memberships will cost $25, six-month memberships will cost $40, and one-year memberships will cost $60.

It wasn't hard to deduce that the company's proposed price increase wouldn't be taken very well. I spoke with several members of the Xbox team working for Microsoft last night following the update to Xbox Live and the common consensus was that the backlash wasn't simply from the fans, but internally as well.

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