Microsoft increases Game Pass price

Microsoft increases Game Pass price
Microsoft increases Game Pass price

After months of rumors, Microsoft has finally increased the prices of Game Pass, the Xbox gaming subscription service. The increases are not insignificant, and on top of that, there is a new price tier that risks angering console owners.

From this Wednesday, July 10, the prices of Game Pass are higher for new subscribers. For existing customers, nothing changes… for now! Microsoft has indeed indicated that these new rates will apply to everyone from September 12. Depending on the formulas, the increases are more or less significant:

  • Game Pass Core: €69.99 per year (+€10), the monthly rate of €6.99 does not change;
  • Game Pass PC : 11,99 € (+ 2 €) ;
  • Game Pass Ultimate: €17.99 per month (+€3).

Each of these tiers includes access to multiplayer. Game Pass Core, which replaced the Xbox Live Gold offering, offers access to a selection of 25 games, while the PC and Ultimate plans include the EA Play subscription and a catalog of several hundred games, including new releases on day one. The most expensive plan also adds Xbox Cloud Gaming for playing in the cloud.

And that’s not the only change Microsoft is making. The Game Pass Console subscription at €10.99 per month is disappearing: as of today, it can no longer be subscribed to. It will be replaced by ” in the coming months » by a new Game Pass Standard formula at $14.99 (surely €14.99) offering access to the full catalog of the service, as well as multiplayer mode, which is not the case with the current Game Pass Console. On the other hand, players will say goodbye to new features on the day they are released!

The absence of the new “day one” features is a real setback for the Game Pass, Microsoft having hammered home countless times that this is an essential component of its offering. These new features will be added ” at a later date “, without further details. Xbox owners who want to keep access to games from the day of their release will have to subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate, which is the most popular offer according to Microsoft.

Last year’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard and its major franchises (including Call of Duty et Diablo) and the promise of finding these games in the Game Pass on the day of their release increases the value of the service… and forces Microsoft to revise prices upwards.

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