Article By: XGN Jessi 7XS
On January 21st 2021, news broke from Xbox that there would be changes coming to their online subscription service, Xbox Live. The changes announced that there would be a price increase on the 1 month, 3 month, and 6 month subscriptions. Although Xbox offers free to play games, multiplayer features on these games still require an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
In wanting to make a push to get Live Gold subscribers to move toward Game Pass Ultimate, the pricing would increase as follows [in USD];
1 Month $9.99 > $10.99
3 Month $24.99 > $29.99
6 Month $39.99 > $59.99
1 Year $59.99 > $120.00
Microsoft did state in their original announcement that if you were a current subscriber to the 6 month of 12 month Live service, that there would be no change and you can renew at the current rate you have paid. Those who were current Live Gold members, could convert to a Game Pass Ultimate subscription with the remaining Gold months [up to 36 months] at no extra cost.
None of this went over well with gamers AT ALL! There was major backlash across the board on the price increase. But fear not, for Xbox has listened to our cries of outrage. On January 23rd 2021, Xbox made the announcement that they would be reversing their decision to increase the pricing on the Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.
Directly from their verified Twitter account, they admitted right away that they missed the mark.
So for current Xbox Live Gold members, when renewing you stay at the current price of the subscription. New and existing members will continue to pay the same prices that they have always been which are as follows;
1 Month $9.99
3 Months $24.99
6 Months $39.99
1 Year $59.99
Additionally, they have lifted the requirement of needing Xbox Live Gold to enjoy the free to play games. This means when Xbox advertises their free to play games, you do not need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to do so. For example; Fortnite is currently free to play with no online subscription on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. Xbox is looking to bring this to their console as well in the coming months, but we currently do not have a timeline on that.