Microsoft gives up on raising the price of Xbox Live Gold and turns Free-to-Play games independent of Xbox Live

Microsoft gives up on raising the price of Xbox Live Gold and turns Free-to-Play games independent of Xbox Live

After an extreme reaction from the community to the news that we would have an increase in the price of Xbox Live Gold, which would increase the annual pricing from 60$ to 120$. Microsoft finally announced that it would be giving up on the decision.

This information was revealed both on Xbox Wire as well as in Phil Spencer's tweets.

'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.'

'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.'

On Twitter, Phil Spencer took the initiative to apologies for what the announcement caused to the community and that Microsoft would learn from what happened today.

'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. Free-to-play games will truly be free and 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.

So in the coming months, we should see the end of the requirement to have Xbox Live Gold to enjoy free-to-play games that are multiplayer.