Xbox raises Game Pass prices, adds ‘standard’ subscription

It’s time for Xbox fans to adjust their budgets. Xbox Game Pass is raising prices this year in a phased rollout. Starting July 10, all new subscribers will be charged the updated price, with the higher cost going into effect September 12 for current subscribers. In the US, Game Pass Ultimate is increasing from $17 per month to $20 per month, while one-year access to Game Pass Core is increasing from $60 to $75. Microsoft has detailed all of the regional increases in a .

Microsoft is also adding a cheaper option in September with Xbox Game Pass Standard. This plan offers access to Game Pass titles but without some of the benefits of the Ultimate package, such as day one releases and Xbox Cloud Gaming. The Standard option includes online multiplayer, some in-store discounts, and all of the other features of the Core plan. It costs $15 per month in the US.

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The latest change marks what appears to be the beginning of the end for the Xbox Game Pass for Console subscription. This option will no longer be available to new customers, and if current subscribers opt out of auto-renewal, they will need to choose another option if they wish to renew again.

This is the latest in a string of sad news stories for Game Pass. In February, we heard from Microsoft that the program was dying , marking a notable slowdown in growth, with just 9 million new players added over the past two years. That total includes Core, which is the service for playing games online with minimal other benefits, meaning new subscriber numbers are even lower. And June saw the hoped-for big wave of new hardware announcements from Xbox . It’s a great offer for players who want to keep up with the sheer number of new games released each month, but it doesn’t seem to be catching on in the way Microsoft had hoped.

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