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Xbox Game Pass Price Hike, Day One Streams Limited to Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass Price Hike, Day One Streams Limited to Ultimate

Microsoft Gaming is increasing the price of its subscription service Xbox Game Pass across multiple tiers worldwide, while also limiting day one streams to only the most expensive version of the offering.

Starting Wednesday, Xbox’s Game Pass “Ultimate” tier will see its monthly price increase by $3 in the US, from $16.99 to $19.99 for new customers. The “Core” tier will go from $59.99 for a 12-month pass to $69.99 for an annual fee.

Starting September 12th, the price for existing members will change at the next recurring billing charge.

A new Game Pass “Standard” plan will be available soon, Xbox has announced, and it will offer more features than the Core tier, but fewer than the Ultimate tier.

New users for PC will now pay $9.99 per month for Game Pass access, up from $9.99.

Game Pass for Console will no longer be available to new members, but existing subscribers who have auto-pay enabled will continue to have access.

Along with these price changes, Xbox has decided to only include day one versions of its upcoming games, including “Call of Duty: Black Ops 6,” with its Ultimate plan. Other features limited to this tier include an EA Play membership, cloud gaming across multiple devices, and free monthly “perks” from Microsoft.

While the Ultimate and Standard editions will both offer “hundreds” of games, the Core edition will only have a little over 25 games, according to Xbox.

Microsoft Gaming’s decision to raise the price of Game Pass and limit the features of its cheaper plans comes on the heels of its June Xbox Games Showcase, where it unveiled several new games and made a big push to get those new games to Game Pass subscribers on launch day, as well as the launch of the Xbox app on some Amazon Fire TV devices this week.