Microsoft Is Unleashing A Massive Price Hike For Xbox Live Gold And Gamers Are Livid
Over the next month, Xbox Live gamers will be receiving notice that Microsoft will adjust their membership pricing. The one-month subscription is getting a $1 bump to $10.99, and the three-month subscription is getting a $5 a month bump to $29.99. If you are an existing six- or twelve-month subscriber, you will not notice a change. However, if you are not an existing customer, a 6-month subscription will cost $60. Effectively, a year of Xbox Live Gold is $120 now, or double the prior cost. Once a customer receives notice of the price change, the hike will go into effect 45 days later.
Overall, it is incredibly annoying when companies try to shove people to a new service without explicitly stating what they are doing. Furthermore, not everyone wants a library of games to play, nor do they want to pay exorbitant fees. Also, “Free to play” games on the Microsoft platform are not “free-to-play” games when it comes to multiplayer as they generally require Xbox Live Gold, making this painful for people who play Fortnite or other free multiplayer games. Whatever your take is on this, though, let us know in the comments below as we want to see what you think about Microsoft hiking XBL Gold prices.
Yikes. Get rid of Gold, stop charging for multiplayer, especially in F2P games. And put energy behind ensuring Game Pass is the best deal around. Must be a plan to make Gold only people go to Game Pass to show growth there. Poor communication on this, sadly.— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) January 22, 2021