Sunday, May 9, 2021

Microsoft does not change Xbox Live Gold pricing, free games unlocked

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Microsoft announced that it is reversing its decision and will not change Xbox Gold price live. Additionally, free games no longer require an Xbox Live Gold membership to play on Xbox consoles. Post to Xbox Wire, this decision follows an earlier announcement that that would increase the price of Xbox Live Gold, which would mean that $ 60 would have only earned you six months instead of 12.Microsoft’s full statement is as follows;

“We were wrong today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of the game and we have failed to meet the expectations of the players who rely on it all. days. As a result, we have decided not to change the Xbox Live Gold pricing.

“We are turning this moment into an opportunity to make Xbox Live more in line with how we see the gamer at the center of their experience. Free games will be truly free and you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play. to these games on Xbox We are working hard to make this change as soon as possible in the coming months.

“If you’re already an Xbox Live Gold member, you stay at the current renewal price. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold at the same price they pay today. In the US, 9.99 $ for 1 month, $ 24.99 for 3 months, $ 39.99 for 6 months, and $ 59.99 for retail 12 months. “

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Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, took to Twitter to apologize for the “angst and emotion” caused by the initial announcement and said the company would learn lessons for the future.

“Our apologies for all the angst and emotion this has caused to our customers today,” Spencer wrote. “As always, we appreciate the feedback. It’s a good learning opportunity for us and we will learn from it.”

Prior to the reversal, we wrote an opinion piece on how this increase was not a good look for Microsoft, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Fortunately, for many people around the world, this is good news now.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.



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