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You can also upgrade your existing Gold subscription to a Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
This was a key difference between the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live with the former not requiring any subscription to play free to play games. Microsoft says the change will roll out in the coming months.
It's a bit odd, but many see this as Microsoft making the price increase an incentive for users to switch to Xbox Game Pass, which offers more features at what will soon be a similar price.
Microsoft is now contacting its Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and notes that the new pricing will take effect 45 days after this notice is sent.
As a reminder, select Xbox games are available for free every month to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.
Xbox Live Gold now is their online service.
Players who are already an Xbox Live Gold member will stay at their current price when their subscription renews. So, you could anticipate that there would be a price hike sooner or later, but they really bungled their communication of the price hike.
Raising prices could be a simple way for Microsoft to help funnel users into purchasing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions. The last increase was a six-month membership would jump up to $59.99, the previous price of a year membership.
6 months of Gold will be increasing to $60 soon.
Price hikes to subscriptions are nothing new. And, until just now, access to free-to-play games. And that's where the cost sees the biggest increase. We are still in the middle of a pandemic.
The news, which has been published on Xbox Wire, reveals a fairly complete and well-explained list of changes that subscribers should take into account. "Let that sink in", a Xbox user said in a tweet. That means a 1-month subscription is set at $10.99 USD, 3-months is $29.99 USD, and 6-months is $59.99 USD "or your local market equivalent".