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Microsoft hikes up Xbox Game Pass prices with new tiered system

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription is changing with price increases and a tiered system. New and existing customers will be affected.

In this image, a person holding a card with the words "GAME PASS CORE" printed on it. Full Text: GAME PASS CORE
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Xbox fans, brace yourselves for changes to your beloved Game Pass subscription. Microsoft is shaking things up with price increases and a new tiered system.

Beginning July 10, new subscribers will face the updated pricing, while existing customers get a temporary reprieve until September 12.

In the US, Game Pass Ultimate will jump from $17 to $20 per month, and a year of Game Pass Core access will increase from $60 to $75.

But the changes don’t stop at prices. Xbox is introducing a more affordable option in September: Game Pass Standard.

This tier will grant access to the Game Pass library, online multiplayer, and some store discounts – all the Core plan benefits, minus the day one releases and Xbox Cloud Gaming perks of Ultimate, at $14.99 per month in the US.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Xbox Game Pass Standard* Xbox Game Pass Core
Hundreds of games on console and PC, day one titles, EA Play, multiplayer Hundreds of games on console, plus multiplayer Select games on console, plus multiplayer
  • Day one releases
  • Hundreds of high-quality games on console and PC
  • Online console multiplayer
  • Member deals and discounts
  • EA Play membership
  • Cloud gaming on multiple devices
  • Free perks every month
  • Hundreds of high-quality games on console
  • Online console multiplayer
  • Member deals and discounts

* Coming soon

  • 25+ high-quality games on console
  • Online console multiplayer
  • Member deals and discounts

The Game Pass for Console plan is on its way out and will be replaced by the new Standard tier. New customers won’t have the option to subscribe, and current subscribers who cancel their auto-renewal will need to choose a different plan to reactivate their service.

Game Pass Core remains at $9.99 per month, but a 12-month subscription now costs $74.99, up from $59.99, and includes online multiplayer.

Xbox Game Pass Core – 12 Month Membership [Digital Code]
$59.99
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07/10/2024 02:28 pm GMT

The clock is ticking for Xbox fans to lock in current Game Pass prices. If you’re a loyal subscriber, consider committing to a year of Core access before the September 12 price hike.

New customers, don’t miss out – sign up now and enjoy the lower rates while they last. With the changes coming, acting sooner rather than later could save you some serious cash in the long run.

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