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Microsoft announces Xbox Live Gold price hike

Alongside strong month for free games.

Microsoft has announced a price hike for Xbox Live Gold.

The price of a one-month Gold membership is increasing by $1-a-month, and the price of a three-month membership is increasing by $5-a-month “or the equivalent amount in your local market”. Microsoft has yet to publish the changes in pounds. We’ve asked for clarification.

This means the new pricing will be one month for $10.99, three months for $29.99, and six months for $59.99.

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Messages warning of the price hike are being sent out to subscribers now, and Microsoft promised it won’t adjust the pricing until at least 45 days after you receive these messages.

If you’re an existing 12-month or six-month Xbox Live Gold member, there is no change, and if you renew your membership, it will renew at the current price.

“Periodically, we assess the value and pricing of our services to reflect changes in regional marketplaces and to continue to invest in the Xbox community,” Microsoft said.

“We’ll be making price adjustments for Xbox Live Gold in select markets. In many markets, the price of Xbox Live Gold has not changed for years and in some markets, it hasn’t changed for over 10 years.”

Xbox Live Gold subscriptions last got a price hike in the UK back in May 2019, when a 12-month subscription was raised from £39.99 to £49.99, while monthly subscriptions increased from £5.99 to £6.99. Three-month subscriptions also got a price hike, from £14.99 to £17.99, but a six-month membership stayed the same at £29.99.

At the time, Microsoft said it made the change “to ensure gamers have consistent pricing for Xbox Live Gold across Europe” following changes made in the region in 2016.

Perhaps mindful of questions over the value of an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which is required to play Xbox console games online, Microsoft announced a strong lineup of free games due to be released in February.

February’s titles include Gears 5, Resident Evil, and Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb (the latter two of which are well-timed, given recent eye-catching announcements).

Here’s the list:

  • Gears 5: 1-28 Feb
  • Resident Evil: 1-28 Feb
  • Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition 16 Feb to 15 Mar
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb: 1-15 Feb
  • Lost Planet 2: 16-28 Feb

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