Xbox Game Pass Getting New Tier and Price Increase

Xbox Game Pass Getting New Tier and Price Increase

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members were greeted by a lovely email that Xbox are planning to update our prices to address changing market conditions. This price change allows us to continue bringing you more value and great games for the best gaming experience. Starting September 12, 2024 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which was $18.99CAD will increase to $22.99CAD

Benefits of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate:

  • Exclusive Access to Top Titles: Enjoy games from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks, Activision Blizzard, and other titles available on day one.
  • Expansive Game Library: Experience more than triple the number of high-quality games since launching the service.
  • Constant Updates: New great games are added all the time, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 and Indiana Jones and the Great Circle on day one.
  • Online Multiplayer: Play online with friends.
  • Exclusive Perks: Get free perks, including in-game content, partner offers, and member discounts and deals.

Xbox stated "We are constantly working to improve our service and that means providing you with a variety of options that best fit your gaming needs and budget. Because of this, we are launching a new choice for you, Xbox Game Pass Standard, this September."

Some other key things to note:

  • Soon, Xbox Game Pass for Console will be shuttered for new users only. 
  • Users currently on Xbox Game Pass for Console will be allowed to maintain their subscription, as well as day one games, and the hundreds of titles in the back catalogue.
  • New users on Xbox Game Pass in the near future will be greeted by a new Xbox Game Pass "Standard." This is more like EA Access, which includes Xbox's back catalogue, and doesn't include day one games. This will be priced at $14.99USD per month, and will also include Xbox Live Gold for multiplayer (now known as Game Pass Core, confusingly). It doesn't include Xbox Cloud gaming. Game Pass Standard is supposedly launching in September. 
  • From September 12, 2024, Microsoft will only allow users to stack Xbox Game Pass for Console users for up to 13 months, using pre-paid cards and the like, which will continue to function. If you have more than 13 months stacked already, you won't be impacted. 
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will not be changed, but it will get a price increase. It will still include PC Game Pass, day one games, and hundreds of back catalogue titles, as well as cloud gaming. But, it is getting a price increase.
  • PC Game Pass is also getting a price increase, from $9.99USD per month to $11.99 USD
  • PC Game Pass will also continue to get day one games. 
  • Xbox Game Pass Core (Xbox Live Gold multiplayer) gets an annual price increase to $74.99USD from $59.99USD but it will remain $9.99USD per month.
  • The price increases for recurring billing will take effect on September 12, 2024. 

    Source of details from: Windows Central

We all knew a price increase was coming, what do you think of the new tier level