Xbox Game Pass Price Hike: Ultimate Now $20, New "Standard" Tier Coming

Xbox Game Pass is getting more expensive. Learn about the price hikes for Ultimate, PC Game Pass, the new "Standard" tier, and the end of the console-

Xbox Game Pass Gets Price Hikes, New 'Standard' Tier, and Ditches Console-Only Option

Starting July 10, 2024, Microsoft is making significant changes to Xbox Game Pass, including price increases for most tiers and the introduction of a new "Standard" option. The console-only Game Pass plan is also being phased out for new members.

Xbox Game Pass Gets Price Hikes, New 'Standard' Tier, and Ditches Console-Only Option

Here's a breakdown of the changes:

  • Price Increases:
    • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: $17 to $20 per month
    • Xbox Game Pass Core (Annual): $60 to $75 per year
    • PC Game Pass: $10 to $12 per month
  • New Tier:
    • Xbox Game Pass Standard: Priced at $14.99 per month (details to come).
  • Game Pass for Console Discontinued: New subscriptions to the console-only plan will no longer be available. Existing members with automatic renewal can continue their memberships.

Important Dates:

  • July 10, 2024: New prices for new members and discontinuation of Game Pass for Console for new members.
  • September 12, 2024: Price increases take effect for existing members with recurring subscriptions.
  • September 18, 2024: Maximum extension limit for subscriptions becomes 13 months.

Other Notes:

  • Microsoft states these changes are necessary to reflect the value of the service.
  • Existing members are encouraged to enable automatic renewal to keep their current pricing until September.
  • Specific countries are exempt from these updates. More details are available from Microsoft.

These changes mark a significant shift in Xbox Game Pass's pricing structure, potentially impacting the service's accessibility and appeal to different types of gamers.

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