Definitely a surprise announcement from Microsoft, which overturns the situation and cancel the Xbox Live Gold price increase!
These have been particularly turbulent hours for Xbox gamers, who have seen the cost of their Xbox Live Gold membership increase by not a little to play multiplayer titles online on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Just a moment ago, we reported on the wave of complaints and controversies that have arrived on social networks and forums around the world, in which several users did not hide the idea of switching to PlayStation or other platforms following the increase in prices.
However, there will be no increase: Microsoft has surprisingly announced that the avalanche of requests from players has been accepted, and that Xbox Live Gold will not change its rates.
Today was not great. We always try to do our best for you and today we missed the mark.
We hear you, and we’re reversing our Xbox Live Gold pricing updates.
– Xbox (@Xbox) January 23, 2021
Not only that: in the note released on the official website of the Xbox division, the managers warn players that an important change will also be made to the Xbox Live Gold policy, which will no longer be required to play free to play titles like Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite online.
Here is the note released earlier by Xbox:
We made a mistake today and you did well to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of the game and we have failed to meet the expectations of the players who count on us every day. As a result, we have decided not to change the price of Xbox Live Gold.
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 no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to make this change happen as soon as possible in the coming months.
If you are already an Xbox Live Gold member, stay at the current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold at 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 12 months at retail.