Xbox Game Pass Ultimate looks set to get another price hike

Xbox is apparently preparing for a price increase for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, according to emails sent to some subscribers today.

A number of Xbox users outside of the United States today began sharing screenshots of emails sent to them indicating that they will be paying a higher price for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting in September. In Canada, for example, the price appears to be increasing from $18.99/month to $22.99/month.

Following these reports, Windows Central has apparently confirmed with Microsoft that the pricing changes are real and that they come in conjunction with a number of other shifts coming to the service starting on September 12, 2024. Per the report, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will increase to $19.99/month in the United States (up from $16.99/month previously), while PC Game Pass will increase from $9.99/month to $11.99/month. Xbox Game Pass Core (the subscription that only includes online multiplayer and a small selection of games) will increase from $59.99/year to $74.99/year, but the monthly subscription will remain at $9.99/month.

Additionally, Xbox Game Pass for Console will soon stop accepting new users (existing subscribers can continue their subscriptions). New subscribers will instead be pushed to Xbox Game Pass “Standard,” priced at $14.99/month in the U.S., which includes back catalog games and multiplayer features but no day-one game releases or Xbox Cloud gaming. And finally, Xbox will only allow its users to prepay for Xbox Game Pass for Console for up to 13 months — users with more months than they’ve already paid for won’t be affected.

All of these changes will go into effect on September 12, 2024, and will affect all markets worldwide. More pricing details for different regions are expected soon.

Notably, Xbox raised the prices of Game Pass last year, raising the “Ultimate” price from $14.99/month to $16.99/month in the first price increase since 2017. Rumors have been swirling since May of this year that Xbox was considering an additional price hike, particularly given the planned addition of future Call of Duty games to the service on day one following Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard last year. The gaming division has also implemented a number of cost-cutting changes in recent months, including closing Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin in May and announcing the layoff of 1,900 staff in January.

IGN has reached out to Xbox for comment.

Rebekah Valentine is a senior reporter for IGN. Have a story tip? Send it to [email protected].

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