Recently, Microsoft announced a major price hike, almost doubling the yearly Xbox Live subscription fees, sparking a heavy outburst among the player nationwide.
As a result of the controversy, Microsoft has now reversed its Friday announcement and shared the full statement stating how they “Messed up.” They also thanked the fans for sticking around with them.
The detailed Microsoft updates blog post reads.
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.
We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience. You will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox for free-to-play games. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member already, you stay at your current price for renewal. 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 retail 12-months.
Summing up the blog post, for now, Microsoft Xbox Live subscription prices will stay the same. Apparently, Microsoft has followed the tradition of rival competitors Sony and Nintendo, dropping the need for a subscription for free-to-play games. For instance, playing a free-to-play game like Fortnite required an Xbox live subscription, but that wouldn’t be the case anymore.
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