Xbox Game Pass Price Increased; Console Game Pass To Be Discontinued

The Xbox Game Pass service is experiencing significant changes, some of which will take effect in just a few hours. Microsoft has confirmed that starting July 10th, the price for new subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Core, and PC Games Pass will increase globally. In the United States, the monthly subscription for Game Pass Ultimate will go from $16.00 to $19.99, and the annual subscription will increase from $59.99 to $74.99. Meanwhile, the monthly price for the PC subscription will rise from $9.99 to $11.99. For existing members, recurring charges will increase after September 12th, allowing users time to cancel their subscriptions before the new prices apply.

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Alongside the price hikes, Microsoft announced today that starting tomorrow, new members will no longer be able to subscribe to Game Pass for consoles. Instead, a new option called Xbox Game Pass Standard will be introduced in the coming months. This option will include Xbox Live Gold multiplayer and access to Xbox’s back catalog but will not feature day-one games or cloud gaming. Current subscribers to Game Pass for consoles with automatic renewal will still be able to maintain their memberships.

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In addition to the Standard option, console players can still subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Core, which provides access to multiplayer on consoles. The annual subscription price will increase from $59.99 to $74.99, while the monthly subscription will remain at $9.99.

Source: Microsoft