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Microsoft Hikes Xbox Game Pass Prices

Breaking News: Microsoft Announces Price Increase for Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has announced a price hike for its popular Xbox Game Pass subscription service, effective immediately for new users and starting in September for existing subscribers. The price adjustments affect both the PC Game Pass and the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, while the Xbox Game Pass Console tier will no longer be available to new subscribers.

New Pricing Details

  • PC Game Pass: The monthly subscription fee will rise from $9.99 to $11.99.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: The cost will increase from $16.99 to $19.99 per month.

Impact on Current Subscribers

For those already subscribed to the service, the new prices will take effect in September. This provides a brief window for existing users to continue enjoying the service at the current rates.

Discontinuation of the Xbox Game Pass Console Tier

In a surprising move, Microsoft has decided to discontinue the Xbox Game Pass Console tier for new subscribers. Existing subscribers to this tier can continue their subscription, but new sign-ups are no longer being accepted. This change might signal a shift in Microsoft's strategy, potentially focusing more on the PC and Ultimate tiers, which offer a broader range of services and cross-platform benefits.

What This Means for Gamers

The price increases come as Microsoft continues to expand and improve the Xbox Game Pass service. With a growing library of games, including day-one releases and a robust lineup of titles from various genres, the service aims to provide significant value despite the price hike. The discontinuation of the console-only tier may push console gamers towards the Ultimate plan, which includes additional benefits such as Xbox Live Gold, EA Play, and access to a broader array of games across both PC and console platforms.

Microsoft’s Statement

In their announcement, Microsoft highlighted their commitment to delivering high-quality gaming experiences and the ongoing investment in the Game Pass library. They assured users that the price increase reflects the growing value and continued enhancements to the service.

"With the expansion of our library and the ongoing improvements in our service, we believe the new pricing is justified and ensures we can continue to provide a premium gaming experience to all our subscribers," a Microsoft spokesperson stated.


While the price hike may come as a disappointment to some, the enhancements and expansive library available through Xbox Game Pass are designed to offer continued value to subscribers. Existing users have a few months to adjust to the new pricing, while new users will need to decide if the enhanced features justify the increased cost. The removal of the console-only tier also signifies a shift in Microsoft's focus, possibly paving the way for more integrated and comprehensive gaming solutions in the future.

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story as Microsoft rolls out these changes and reveals more about their plans for the Xbox Game Pass service.