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Xbox Live Gold Price Going Up for All Plans

Xbox Live Gold Price Going Up for All Plans”

Three months of Gold will be going up by $5 soon.

The biggest increase is for six month's worth of access to Xbox Live Gold, which is rising from £29.99 to £42.99.

This means if you plan to buy Xbox Live Gold for a year, your subscription will come out to $120, or double the old price.

In a blog post published on the Xbox Newswire the Redmond-based tech giant outlined these price changes, specifically mentioning United States price rises.

In terms of whether other regions will be impacted, Microsoft said: "Members have already been notified in some regions".

Microsoft have announced a price hike for Xbox Live Gold, their subscription service which enables online multiplayer on Xbox consoles and also bundles in monthly free games with Games with Gold.

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It's a bit unusual, but many see this as Microsoft making the price increase an incentive for users to switch to Xbox Game Pass, which offers more features at what will soon be a similar price.

Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft's online service for Xbox, is about to get more expensive.

That's especially galling when PlayStation Plus is still 1 month for $9.99, 3 months for $24.99 and 12 months for $59.99, offering an equivalent online service and arguably featuring better, more valuable selections of free games each month. Games With Gold, and therefore Xbox Live Gold as a whole, is less appealing right now than it ever has been.

For reference, currently, 12 months of Xbox Live Gold is $60, and it will convert to 12 months of Game Pass Ultimate.

Microsoft says that the price of a 1-month gold membership is going up $1 Dollars and the price of a 3-month membership is going up $5 USD.

In one bit of good news though, Microsoft said Xbox Live Gold members that are interested in Xbox Game Pass can take advantage of an offer to upgrade to Game Pass Ultimate. You can still do a straight upgrade from Live Gold to Game Pass Ultimate, converting an existing subscription 1:1 when signing up for Ultimate, with a limit of up to 3 years. The move is clearly a marketing ploy by Microsoft to get players to change to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is priced at the same $120 yearly rate.



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