Xbox Game Pass is getting a price increase for both PC and Consoles

Microsoft is now making some big changes to the Xbox Game Pass subscription with new tier and price increase prior to the release of new Call of Duty game.

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Starting September 12, Xbox Game Pass subscribers across both PC and Xbox console devices will have to pour out a couple of more bucks to keep playing all their games. While the PC price changes aren’t that huge, Xbox console users are seeing some significant changes, including a new tier.

Xbox console users will soon see a standard edition that will cost $14.99 a month from September that will include everything to play along with access to multiplayer. However, players will be unable to play the Day 1 game release on game pass with this tier.

In order to access those games, users will need to subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate which saw an increase in price of $3 from $16.99 a month to $19.99 each month. This will include access to Day 1 game releases along with an EA Play membership that will work on both consoles and PCs.

Game Pass Core is the only one that did not see a change in its monthly price of $9.99, however, the yearly price for the same will be increased to $74.99 from $59.99. Core only provides access to a small number of games, along with online multiplayer.

The PC game pass that currently costs $9.99 a month will see an increase to $11.99 per month. A $2 dollar chance for PC currently doesn’t seem to be that big of an issue, but Microsoft always can introduce tiers to the game pass, similar to the console.

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Current subscribers will not be charged extra, and they can stack the older base subscription of $9.99 through gift cards for up to 13 months, however, once that expires, they will need to select one of the new subscription tiers.

Why the sudden change in Game Pass prices?

Microsoft recently acquired Activision Blizzard and has been slowly putting their games on the Game Pass. The upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops 6 will also be released on Day 1 on the Game Pass, which was a huge surprise to many players.

With so much focus going on the Game Pass, it is obvious that the company is putting all their effort into their subscription service. Furthermore, the removal of Day 1 games from the new tier and the small increase in price to the ultimate tier also tells their marketing trick to get more users into Ultimate for that sweet Day 1 game release.