Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Xbox Live Pricing Changes?

So Xbox wanted to change the pricing for the Live subscription. Due to the amount of outcry from the the people who use the service they have gone back on the change.

The Xbox Live service has never made changes in over 10 years to pricing for gold. Due to growing markets, and cost, Xbox wanted to increase the cost for the Live membership by $1 for the 1 month subscription and $5 for the 3 month subscription. If you have an existing 6 or 12 month membership already set you could renew it for the same price.
As a new feature they were allowing you to upgrade the Live membership to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. They will convert your gold membership’s remaining time to the Game Pass Ultimate for no additional charge.

This was posted update was made on January 22nd at 6AM according to the post on Xbox.com.

Within 15 hours they had posted an update on the same post.

Not only did they remove the price changes but now they are no longer requiring Xbox Live Memberships to play Free-to-play games. They cited: “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“. They go on further to say “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“. Some could say that this is one of the few times that developers have listened to the outcry of their fan base and actually did a step in the right direction to making the gaming world a little less money hungry and a giving a little more power to the gamer.

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