On Friday, Jan. 22, Microsoft announced the hike of its Xbox Live Gold prices by at least $1 up to $5.
However, hours after Xbox users complained about these sudden increased prices, the company has now updated its blog post, saying that they’ve ‘messed up today’ and the prices will now remain in its original rate– compared to the initial announcement.
Here are the updated prices of Xbox Live Gold that Microsoft promises today.
Xbox reverts decision for price hike
After a couple of hours of Xbox users complaining about the sudden price hike of Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft has officially changed back its decision.
In its updated blog, posted on the same day of the price hike announcement, Microsoft has said that users were right on complaining with the new prices.
Thus, company reverts its initial announcement and decided “not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.”
Here’s the copy of their blog post explanation on Xbox Live Gold price hike:
“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. 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.”
What’s the Xbox Live Gold price controversy?
Though Microsoft has admitted that they’ve ‘messed up’ on the Xbox Live Gold price hike, a lot of people do not accept the apology of the company.
After all, if Microsoft wasn’t bashed by players, the company would have had doubled the cost of a yearly subscription to the service, which is required to play games online on Xbox consoles, to $120 for many users.
As explained by Microsoft, at the time, the price hike was made “to ensure gamers have consistent pricing for Xbox Live Gold across Europe.”
It even implied that the Xbox Live Gold prices weren’t change for the past generations, thus, needs to be changed in today’s time.
“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’s statement before the updated blog post.
Xbox February titles to watch out!
A lot of users have speculated that the sudden Xbox Live Gold price hike was an attempt for users to support Xbox Game Pass.
Another thing that might have triggered the price is the upcoming Xbox February game titles. Here are the games:
- Gears 5: 1-28 Feb
- Resident Evil: 1-28 Feb
- Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition 16 Feb to 15 Mar
- Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb: 1-15 Feb
- Lost Planet 2: 16-28 Feb