The change for Xbox Live Gold was announced by Microsoftearlier this morning, and on paper, it doesn't seem too bad, with the monthly subscription going up by $1 and the three-month subscription going up $5.
However, all of this comes after Microsoft made a decision to remove the 12 month and 24 month subscription options from the Microsoft Store last summer.
Xbox Live Gold price hike means it is now twice the price of PlayStation Plus per year – TheSixthAxis
Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft's online service for Xbox, is about to get more expensive. The latest service to get a price increase will be Xbox Live Gold, also known as "the one that's not Xbox Game Pass" (which you should look into by the way, as Game Pass Ultimate should include Xbox Cloud Gaming). Game Pass is essentially being forced on all Xbox users, and now the Xbox Live Gold subscription price has also been steeply raised to make it unattractive when compared to game pass.
With the removal of the 12 month subscription, if the new pricing was to be right, it looks like it'd be well over $100 (probably closer to $120-$130) for a 12 month subscription.
That's especially galling when PlayStation Plus is still 1 month for $9.99, 3 months for $24.99 and 12 months for $59.99, offering an equivalent online service and arguably featuring better, more valuable selections of free games each month. The price rise reflects a $1 increase for a month to month subscription and a $4 increase for a 3-month subscription. Aside from that, the new prices will be $10.99 for one month, $29.99 for three months, and $59.99 for six months.
The price of a 1-month Gold membership is increasing $1 Dollars and the price of a 3-month membership is increasing $5 USD or the equivalent amount in your local market. The Xbox Live Gold team says that members in some regions will have already received these notifications. For instance, if you have 11 months of Gold left and you upgrade to Ultimate, your 11 months become 11 months of Ultimate. The move is clearly a marketing ploy by Microsoft to get players to change to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is priced at the same $120 yearly rate.
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