Microsoft has reversed its controversial price increase on Xbox Live. The company announced a price increase on Friday, which would double the cost of the annual subscription for the service, which is required to play online on Xbox consoles, to $ 120 for many users. But now Microsoft says the price will remain the same.
In addition, Microsoft has decided to bring Xbox Live in line with Sony and Nintendo’s online services by abolishing the subscription requirement for free games. Popular free titles like Fortnite can be played on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch consoles without an online subscription, but you still need one for Xbox consoles; Microsoft says it is “working hard to ensure this change as soon as possible in the coming months.”
Here is the full Microsoft statement that was just delivered as an update to a blog post:
Today we made a mistake and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of the games and we have not been able to meet the expectations of the players who rely on it every day. As a result, we decided not to change the pricing of Xbox Live Gold.
We turn this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live better in line with the way we see the player at the center of his experience. For free games, you will no longer need Xbox Live Gold membership to play these games on Xbox. We are working hard to achieve this change as soon as possible in the coming months.
If you are already a member of Xbox Live Gold, you remain at your current renewal price. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold at the same prices they pay today. In the US $ 9.99 for 1 month, $ 24.99 for 3 months, $ 39.99 for 6 months and $ 59.99 for retail for 12 months.
In recent years, Microsoft’s focus has been on the Xbox Game Pass, which has an Ultimate level that includes access to Xbox Live Gold. Although Game Pass provides great value for many players, the increase in gold prices emerged as an attempt to encourage people to pay for the more expensive service.
Not surprisingly, the original release was so bad, but Microsoft’s turn is good news for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who aren’t interested in the Xbox Game Pass, and even better news for people who only use Xbox Live Gold. to play for free – play games.