Day One Releases Only Available to Premium Tiers — TradingView News

Day One Releases Only Available to Premium Tiers — TradingView News

Microsoft Corporation MSFT recently announced changes to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service that will see significant price increases and restructuring layers.

The move, detailed on Xbox Support, also brings with it a significant omission: Day one releases like Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 will no longer be included in the standard Xbox Game Pass tier.

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Renewed Pricing and Subscription Tiers

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will increase in price from $16.99 to $19.99 per month in the US starting Wednesday for new members and September 12, 2024 for existing members

This premium tier will continue to offer the most comprehensive access to games, including day one releases, EA Play, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and other perks.

In contrast, the more affordable Xbox Game Pass Standard, which retails for $14.99 per month, will not include day one releases or other select features found in the Ultimate tier.

This restructured tier replaces the previous $10.99 Xbox Game Pass Console option, which catered primarily to users who played on Xbox consoles without the added benefits of PC gaming or cloud gaming.

How Do Xbox Game Pass Changes Affect Subscribers?

For those who want to play new games as soon as they’re released, the only option will be the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier. Microsoft’s statement on the matter was brief, noting that games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 “may be added to the library at a future date,” but that their inclusion isn’t guaranteed.

The other tiers are also seeing price adjustments. PC Game Pass is rising from $9.99 to $11.99 per month, while the most basic tier, Xbox Game Pass Core, will see its annual price increase from $59.99 to $74.99, but will remain at $9.99 per month for those who prefer monthly billing.

Additionally, users will now only be able to prepay for Xbox Game Pass for Console for up to 13 months; this change is intended to simplify subscription management.

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