On Friday, Microsoft reported a value climb doubling the expense of the yearly Xbox Live subscription service, causing an influx of discussion among Xbox gamers across the country.
Microsoft has now backtracked its declaration and delivered a full articulation in a refreshed blog entry, communicating how they “messed up” and thanks fans for keeping them in line.
“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.
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member already, you stay at your current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for 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 retail 12-months.”
For the time being, the costs will remain equivalent to Microsoft has taken a page from their rivals’ Sony and Nintendo’s online services, dropping its necessity for a membership for free-to-play games. Famous allowed to-mess around, for example, Fortnite, are playable on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation without a membership yet not on Xbox without one.
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