Microsoft has announced that prices for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will be going up in 2021, but if you’re already subscribed to the service, you won’t be seeing a change in your bill any time soon.
The company laid out its reasoning and new price ranges through a post on the Xbox Wire, which explained the raised prices were meant to “to reflect changes in regional marketplaces and to continue to invest in the Xbox community.” The new pricing is as follows:
- One-month for $10.99
- 3-months for $29.99
- 6-months for $59.99
Those who are already subscribed to Xbox Live Gold on a 12 or six month basis won’t be seeing an increase in price as long as they maintain their membership. Those who choose to cancel and renew later will have to pay the updated price.
Here’s the bulleted breakdown of the changes as laid out on the Xbox Wire:
- If you’re an existing online 12-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold member, there’s no price change. If you choose to renew your membership, it will renew at the current price.
- The price of a 1-month Gold membership is increasing $1 USD and the price of a 3-month membership is increasing $5 USD or the equivalent amount in your local market.
- If you’d like to upgrade your Gold membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate your remaining Gold time will also convert directly to Ultimate (up to 36 months). For example, if you have 11 months of Xbox Live Gold now, and you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, those 11 months convert to 11 months of Ultimate at no additional cost.
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An Xbox Live Gold membership allows users to play games online, as well as get free games periodically through Games with Gold offerings, and EA Play. Notably, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions are included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes all of the above and access to the Xbox Game Pass library for just $14.99 a month. Compared to Xbox Live Gold’s $10.99 monthly subscription, the additional $4 for over a hundred games makes Xbox Game Pass Ultimate an easier sell. While it’s not said outright, it would make sense if these price changes were meant to nudge people in the direction of Game Pass, which has become one of Microsoft’s biggest pushes since the service launched in 2017. And it’s a pretty good deal, with brand games like the Yakuza Remastered Collection coming to the service day and date when they launch on Xbox systems.