Microsoft last week announced to charge double for its annual Xbox Live Gold subscription. The tech giant informed to increase the price of the six-month pass to $60 (which approximately translates to Rs 4,400). The announcement followed a public outrage by gamers out there that forced Microsoft to back off on its plan to increase subscription. Also Read - Windows 11 latest update: New build 22000.194 released for Insiders in Release Preview channel
In an official statement on increasing the price for Xbox Live Gold Microsoft stated, “We messed up today and you were right to let us know.” The company also said, “connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.” Also Read - Microsoft Surface Duo 2 in-pics: Closer look at the world's slimmest 5G device, that folds too
Xbox Live Gold subscription price hike
If Microsoft increased the price of the subscription it would push the Xbox Live Gold plan price near to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which provides gamers with access to multiple games and other perks. Also Read - Microsoft launches Surface Laptop Studio, the most powerful Surface yet
Microsoft justified the move by stating that the price of its Xbox Live Gold membership has not changed for years and in some markets, it hasn’t been changed for more than 10 years now. Counting in the inflation that has happened over the years, it was a sensible move considering the business health.
If the price hike was imposed officially the Xbox Live Gold subscription would then be priced higher than the rival PlayStation Plus service from Sony, which costs $60 (approximately Rs 4,320) for an annual subscription.
How much will you need to pay
New and existing members will continue to pay the same fee for Xbox Live Gold. The prices are tiered at $9.99 (approximately Rs 728) for one month, $24.99 (approximately Rs 1,822) for three months, $39.99 (approximately Rs 2,917) for six months and $59.99 (approximately Rs 4,376) for 12 months.
In related news, Microsoft also stated that it will make multiplayer gameplay totally free for all free-to-play games. In simple words, you will be able to play games like Call of Duty: Warzone totally free of cost.