Microsoft raises Xbox Live Gold pricing

Microsoft is giving its Xbox Live Gold subscription service a price hike.

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Before Xbox Game Pass, there was Xbox Live Gold. Required to play any game online, Xbox Gold has been a part of the Xbox ecosystem since the original console. Despite the runaway success of Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold has remained a central part of the Xbox experience. Now, it’s getting a bit pricier, as Microsoft has announced that it’s raising prices for Xbox Live Gold.

This news comes via an official post made by Microsoft to Xbox Wire. In the future, monthly subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold will increase by $1, and the 3-month membership is being raised by $5. Here are the new prices for the different subscription options for Xbox Live Gold:

  • 1 month: $10.99
  • 3 months: $29.99
  • 6 months: $59.99

Microsoft states that users will be notified by email if their respective subscription option will be receiving a price change. The new prices will go into effect 45 days after this email is sent. Those currently subscribed to a recurring 12-month or 6-month subscription will be able to maintain their current price if they renew the current plan. 

As you’d expect, Microsoft has been met with a bit of backlash following this announcement. Despite prices going up, practically nothing else is changing about Xbox Live Gold. This has led many to speculate that it’s a part of Microsoft’s plan to push more of its subscribers towards Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the premium version of its gaming service. The new prices for Xbox Gold puts it right in-line with the prices for Game Pass.

It’s yet to be seen how this move will impact the Xbox ecosystem in the long run, or if Microsoft could potentially walk back the decision if met with enough backlash. For future updates, stay tuned to the Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass topic pages here on Shacknews.

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    January 22, 2021 8:10 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Microsoft raises Xbox Live Gold pricing

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      January 22, 2021 8:28 AM

      What is microsoft even doing? Gold should be going away and absorbed into game pass.

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        January 22, 2021 8:34 AM

        I suspect that’s the next step and this is to prevent new people in the meantime from doing cheaper gold->gamepass conversion and just starting with gamepass ultimate.

        Then probably this fall they nuke Gold and combined with incentive of new Halo as part of gamepass they just get everyone switched.

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        January 22, 2021 8:53 AM

        It is in there

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        January 22, 2021 10:43 AM

        Yeah, insane. They should be ditching gold and paying for online play, it's ridiculous at this point.

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          January 22, 2021 12:33 PM

          Paying for online play is the standard now, for better or for worse. Sony has followed Microsoft’s lead.

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            January 22, 2021 3:32 PM

            I know it's standard but it's even more bizarre in the current age of cross platform mp which is still and always will be free on PC.

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              January 22, 2021 5:35 PM

              I don’t know a lot of people trying to decide between a PC and a console for their next game hardware purchase. Feels like different subsets of video game consumers to me.

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        January 22, 2021 11:31 AM

        if XBL's price goes up then GamePass's price looks more attractive

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      January 22, 2021 8:47 AM

      Ridiculous. I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to stick around on that sinking ship of a platform they got. :/

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        January 22, 2021 10:55 AM

        Then go, 6 and 12 month are not changing.

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          January 22, 2021 11:54 AM

          12 months no longer exists directly from them and 6 months just doubled, I know there are work arounds but why do this at all? What kind of company enjoys driving away casual and new customers?

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            January 22, 2021 11:56 AM

            The big thing now is the sticker price will now be $60 for 6 months that will 100% scare away the CoD, Fortnite, and Madden crowd

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        January 22, 2021 12:30 PM

        coming from pc I never participated in their mp system (I resented them for trying to pull that shit on pc fucking up games like dark souls or gta which was one of the worst drm invested piece of shit ever released, it half like 5 different hoops from securom to steam to xbl to Rockstar whatever) , I was playing quake and tribes when they were declaring local 4 console and xbl the future of gamjng. They should just bundle it with gamepass or do a cheap nintendo style barebone x bucks per year offering. Correctly it overlaps with gamepass which is great. So one draw of free games is gone because ms wants gamepass to be the platform. With free to play games the mp system itself became obsolete, all the games use baked in systems for voip, friends list etc. In the end Gold is a relict from the past that shouldn't exist.

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      January 22, 2021 10:16 AM

      This seems like a very bonehead move. I already know a lot of teenagers that can't afford the $60 a year to play on Xbox live, now they're doubling it?! Seems like a really good way to cause friction in your user base.

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        January 22, 2021 10:54 AM

        Its not doubling stop making up stuff.

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          January 22, 2021 10:55 AM

          What are you talking about? $60 twice a year is double.

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            January 22, 2021 10:58 AM

            If you’re already on a 6 or 12 month sub, the price isn’t changing when you renew.

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            January 22, 2021 11:19 AM

            Apologies for my tone

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              January 22, 2021 11:58 AM

              I mean for new people thinking about coming into the Xbox Ecosystem, it's a huge factor. But I'm told the price is thew same for Game Pass Ultimate, so i guess They are trying to push people to do that service instead?

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                January 22, 2021 12:05 PM

                That’s got to be what they are doing is making it so that ultimate is the reason to own this box

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                January 22, 2021 12:13 PM

                If you are a new person, Xbox All Access is an option. $24.99/month and you have a new Series S and 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate. Not a bad deal.

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                January 22, 2021 12:39 PM

                Exactly, gamepass is the future but will take a while. New users should land on that immediately, existing users will be tricky and they cant afford to lose

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                  January 22, 2021 12:53 PM

                  I mean still though I just recall when I was young if something had a subscription service I couldn't afford to play it, until I got a part-time job at 17 with permission from my school and parents.

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        January 22, 2021 10:57 AM

        That's TommyW's friend in a nutshell. That $60 is a major thing for him to keep him playing online with friends and he's not made of money. :/

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      January 22, 2021 10:55 AM

      It begins.

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      January 22, 2021 12:11 PM

      I'm wondering if their next step is to go away with xbl gold entirely and only offer game pass ultimate

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        January 22, 2021 12:14 PM

        Then it wouldn't be ultimate? Just same as regular old cheaper game pass. Are they getting rid of that as well?

        I don't think that's the goal here, but idk. Gold should have went away years ago.

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          January 22, 2021 12:16 PM

          Ah, forgot now there's the EA Play stuff in ultimate and also cloud streaming, so they could still separate regular and ultimate game pass, but hopefully include online play by default on the console without any sub.

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        January 22, 2021 12:16 PM

        I think that's been the obvious plan. Their recent moves, and especially the EA Play partnership, really suggests this.

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      January 22, 2021 12:28 PM

      Uuugghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Iay cancel and just keep GP. Would I loose access to EA Play of I axe my gold membership?

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