Microsoft announced last week that it would charge twice its annual Xbox Live Gold subscription. The tech giant reported that the price of the six-month pass should be raised to $60 (Rs 4,400). The announcement followed a public outrage by gamers out there that forced Microsoft to back off on its subscription boosting plan.
“Microsoft said, “We messed up today and you were right to let us know,” in an official statement on increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold. The company also said, “Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we have failed to meet the expectations of players who rely on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change the pricing for Xbox Live Gold.
Price hike for Xbox Live Gold subscription
If Microsoft increased the subscription price, the price of the Xbox Live Gold plan would be pushed closer to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which gives gamers access to multiple games and other benefits. Microsoft justified the move by stating that its Xbox Live Gold membership price has not changed for years and has not changed for more than 10 years in some markets. Counting on the inflation that has occurred over the years, considering the health of business, it was a sensible move.
If the price increase were officially imposed, the Xbox Live Gold subscription would then be priced higher than Sony’s rival PlayStation Plus service, which costs an annual subscription of $60 (Rs 4,320).
How much do you need to pay for this?
For Xbox Live Gold, new and existing members will continue to pay the same fee. The prices are graded for one month at $9.99 (Rs 728), for three months at $24.99 (Rs 1,822), for six months at $39.99 (Rs 2,917) and for 12 months at $59.99 (Rs 4,376). Microsoft also stated in related news that for all free-to-play games, it will make multiplayer gameplay totally free. You will be able to play games like Call of Duty: Warzone completely free of charge, in simple words.