Microsoft roll back Xbox Live Gold price hike after backlash from gaming community
After facing backlash from the gaming community, Microsoft on Saturday announced not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing, along with unlocking free to play games for all.
The company earlier announced to increase prices for Xbox Live Gold memberships in certain markets minimum an apparent effort to convert more users to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate but the gaming community did not like the price hike, forcing Microsoft to roll back the move.
Microsoft Xbox said, We messed up today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing. For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months. if you are an Xbox Live Gold member, you stay at your current price for renewal. 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.
New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for the same prices they pay today.