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Xbox Live Gold price rise announced by Microsoft

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Microsoft has today announced price rises for the Xbox Live Gold one month and three month subscription plans. In a blog post published on the Xbox Newswire the Redmond-based tech giant outlined these price changes, specifically mentioning US price rises. The price of a one month Xbox Live Gold plan is increasing by $1 while the price of a three month Xbox Live Gold plan is rising by $5.

In terms of whether other regions will be impacted, Microsoft said: “Members have already been notified in some regions.

“If you’re in a region where prices are being adjusted, you will receive an email and a message center notification over the next month letting you know what the new pricing is for your membership.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Microsoft to ask whether UK gamers will also see the prices of the one month and three month Xbox Live Gold plans rise.

Explaining the decision, Microsoft said in “many markets” the price of Xbox Live Gold has not changed “for years” while in some regions it hasn’t changed “for over 10 years”.

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The Xbox makers said: “Periodically, we assess the value and pricing of our services to reflect changes in regional marketplaces and to continue to invest in the Xbox community; we’ll be making price adjustments for Xbox Live Gold in select markets.

“In many markets, the price of Xbox Live Gold has not changed for years and in some markets, it hasn’t changed for over 10 years.”

Microsoft added that those in affected regions on exisiting 12 month or six month plans won’t be impacted by the price change.

The Xbox Series X and S makers said: “If you’re an existing online 12-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold member, there’s no price change. If you choose to renew your membership, it will renew at the current price.”

They added: “The price of a 1-month Gold membership is increasing $1 USD and the price of a 3-month membership is increasing $5 USD or the equivalent amount in your local market.”

Microsoft said the new pricing for Xbox Live Gold will be one month for $10.99, three months for $29.99 and six months for $59.99.

While the blog post specifically mentioned price rises in dollars Microsoft said this would be translated to “your local market equivalent” for affected regions.

In one bit of good news though, Microsoft said Xbox Live Gold members that are interested in Xbox Game Pass can take advantage of an offer to upgrade to Game Pass Ultimate.

Microsoft said: “If you’d like to upgrade your Gold membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate your remaining Gold time will also convert directly to Ultimate (up to 36 months).

“For example, if you have 11 months of Xbox Live Gold now, and you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, those 11 months convert to 11 months of Ultimate at no additional cost.”

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