Well, it seems like Microsoft decided that it was a good idea to increase Xbox Live Gold, and it wasn’t. Microsoft will be increasing their Xbox Live Gold memberships forward, and the prices are 10.99, 3-months for $29.99, and 6-months for $59.99. As you can see, there’s no more one-year subscription.
Here’s what Microsoft said:
Members have already been notified in some regions. If you’re in a region where prices are being adjusted, you will receive an email and a message center notification over the next month letting you know what the new pricing is for your membership. 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.
Increasing the prices of the subscriptions makes no sense. If you’re pushing Game Pass, which costs more than Xbox Gold, what is the point of increasing the prices for the other services? PlayStation and Nintendo subscriptions cost less, and I won’t be surprised if fans make the jump to other consoles to avoid paying more money.
Update: Microsoft has reversed the subscription prices after backlash.
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