UPDATE: After all the negative sentiment on social media yesterday, Team Xbox has reversed their decision to increase the prices of Xbox Live. In addition they will allow gamers play F2P (Free to play) games online with out the need for Xbox Live. It will therefore be possible to play games like Fornight, Apex or Warframe with out a need for a Xbox Live subscription.
To bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience we will be removing Gold requirements for free-to-play games.— Xbox (@Xbox) January 23, 2021
We’re starting work on that immediately and will have updates in the coming months. Details: https://t.co/tWomNAwmp9
Xbox announced in a post today that they will be raising the price of Xbox Live Gold across multiple regions including the UK and USA.
Unlike PC games, Xbox users have to pay to play multiplayers games online even the Free To Play games like Fortnight requires a paid subscription.
- Users on an existing 6 or 12 months Live membership will not be impacted by the price change.
- Those users who pay monthly will pay now £7.99 a month from £6.99 a month equivalent to £12 a extra year.
- Users who pay every three month, they will pay £21.99 a quarter from £17.99 a quarter or an extra £16 a year.
Users who have been effected will be notified by email and Xbox message over the next month.
Microsoft has provided one new concession:
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.
With Xbox Game Pass for Xbox priced at £7.99 a month which includes online multiplayer and access to over 100 games, including day one access to all Microsoft exclusive this is much better value for money. This price change may be one way to migrate users across to Game Pass. Xbox also offers Games Pass Ultimate for £10.99 a month which gives also give access to PC games and streaming to Android devices as well Xbox games and online multiplayer.
On social media there has been a number of users clearly upset with the price hike especially during the Lockdown where so many people have lost their jobs.