We messed up 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 every day. As a result, we have decided not to change the Xbox Live Gold pricing.
We’re 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. For free games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play these games on Xbox. We are working hard to make this change as quickly as possible in the coming months.
If you’re already an Xbox Live Gold member, you stay at your current renewal price. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for the same prices 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 12 months at retail.