After Months Of Delistings And Rumors, Microsoft Increases Pricing For Xbox Live Gold


Posted on January 22, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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In the past handful of months, rumors and other claims circulated around Microsoft’s online subscription service, Xbox Live. At the time, it was suggested that the Xbox company was preparing to do away with the program altogether after the discovery of the 12-month and 24-month subscription options being delisted from the Microsoft Store. However, that was not the case for the company.

It was in a statement later issued to The Verge, a spokesperson representing Microsoft denounced the claims made as the firm has no ambitions to make Xbox Live a free service. “There are no changes being made to the experience of the service or Xbox Live Gold,” the representative issued at the time.

But in the end, it is now apparent as to what Microsoft plans to do to its service – that is increase the pricing. In a new Xbox Wire blog post, the firm elaborates that pricing for Xbox Live Gold in the 1-month, 3-month, and 6-,onth tiers are expecting a price increase.

Going forward, new pricing will be 1-month for $10.99, 3-months for $29.99, and 6-months for $59.99, or your local market equivalent. You can always visit your account to manage your membership, and prices won’t adjust until at least 45 days after you receive the messages.

Microsoft continues by clarifying that the decision goes to coincide with strategic pricing as changes are met in certain regions. The choice to increase the pricing for Xbox Live Gold falls under price assessments as Microsoft aims to mirror its value of its services in different markets. Howbeit, the announcement is also received to be Microsoft’s segue to welcome more users to Xbox Game Pass as the service continues to grow.

“If you’d like to upgrade your Gold membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate your remaining Gold time will also convert directly to Ultimate (up to 36 months),” the firm injects into the announcement. The biggest problem is the blatant attempt to sway more of its user base onto a service through this route. Again, Xbox Game Pass is already very popular, however, many do not appreciate the price adjustment to go into Microsoft’s favor.

For the change to be justified, Xbox Live Gold and the Games with Gold program and other benefits need to meet the higher pricing. For February 2021, this does illustrate to be a good sign for Xbox users. However, Microsoft has a record of dry Xbox Games with Gold lineups, but there is the possibility to shine for months to come. You can read the full report by heading here.

Do you approve of the increased pricing for Xbox Live Gold?

Source: Xbox Wire

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