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Updating: After rapid outrage over the price hike of longer term Xbox Live Gold purchases, Microsoft has reversed today’s price hike and restored the original price. So $ 10 a month, $ 25 for three months, and $ 40 for six months is back, as is the $ 60 money-saving option for 12 months. The 6 and 12 month options are not yet available on the Xbox Live Gold store listing, but should be at some point.
In addition, Microsoft says that free to play online multiplayer games, such as Fortnite, no longer requires a paid Xbox Live Gold membership to play.
The rest of the original story follows.
You can still save money on a multi-month package, with 3-month and 6-month bundles for $ 30 and $ 60, respectively. But those prices are more expensive than they used to be: the 3-month option is $ 5 more, while the option 6 months is $ 20 more. A 12-month option basically doubles: Microsoft is no longer selling it, and it used to be just $ 60, a significant savings. There hasn’t been an option to buy anything from Microsoft for more than three months in a row for six months, as stores like Amazon are still selling codes at the old prices.
As the pattern has been for the past two years, Microsoft is trying to push Xbox Live Gold subscribers to Game Pass Ultimate, the all-in-one subscription service for online games, unlimited games on Xbox and PC, and game streaming on mobile (coming soon on other platforms). Existing Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have the option to convert their remaining Gold time into Game Pass, even if they have nearly a year left – a great deal considering Game Pass Ultimate costs $ 15 per month. Xbox Live Gold comes with a few free games, but only two per month.
Microsoft says its Xbox Live system will not go away anytime soon and there are no plans for long-awaited changes such as free access to online multiplayer for free-to-play titles. The changes aren’t immediate or universal: current Gold subscribers will have at least 45 days to choose between paying more for a subscription, converting to Game Pass Ultimate, or simply no Xbox online services at all.
Considering how hard it is to find an Xbox Series X or Series S right now, Microsoft may not like some gamers’ answer.
Source: The Verge