Microsoft is updating its Xbox Live pricing and removing the one-year subscription option when it shuffles its online offerings. The move, announced in a blog post on Friday, will also result in the software giant increasing the price of a one-month subscription by $ 1 and a three-month subscription by $ 5 or the local equivalent.
Here is the updated US price for new subscriptions:
- One month of Xbox Live Gold: $ 11, up $ 1
- Three Months of Xbox Live Gold: $ 30, up from $ 5
- Six months of Xbox Live Gold: $ 60, up from $ 20
The company states that there will be “no price change” for those who already have a six- or twelve-month Xbox Live Gold subscription, with membership renewing at the “current price”.
It should be noted that some retailers – including, and – $ 60 Xbox Live Gold 12-month subscriptions are still available. For $ 24, Xbox Live Gold subscription cards are available for 24 months.
It’s unclear how soon these supplies will sell out, but those looking to delay the price hike may want to pick up on these cards sooner rather than later – an Xbox Live Gold subscription is required to play most Xbox games online.
Microsoft says it has started notifying people in some regions where prices are rising. Emails and a notification in the Message Center will be sent “next month” notifying users of the price increase. It adds that “prices won’t adjust until 45 days after receiving the news.”
The new pricing appears to be designed to encourage users to upgradethat runs $ 15 a month. As Microsoft’s leading gaming subscription service, Game Pass Ultimate offers Xbox Live Gold, access to cloud games to play games on an Android phone or tablet, and the ability to play over 100 games on your Xbox, phone, or PC . New Xbox Game Studio titles, including the upcoming Halo Infinite, are also included in GamePass.
At $ 15 a month, a year of Game Pass Ultimate would cost $ 180, compared to the $ 120 you would have to spend if you had two six-month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.
Microsoft isn’t really hiding this goal. His post describes in detail that those who want to upgrade from Gold to Game Pass Ultimate can automatically convert the remaining gold time to Game Pass Ultimate (for up to 36 months) “at no additional cost”.
This can be a savings if you know you have been using Xbox Live for a few years. In theory, this means buying up to three years worth of cards, adding them to your Xbox account, and thenSave $ 180 off the new Xbox Live plans or $ 360 when you get three 12-month Xbox Live subscriptions for $ 60 each.
CNET has asked Microsoft for more details and will update as soon as it replies.