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22-01-2021, 17:14   #1
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Xbox Live Gold raised to 120 a year

I was just reading Microsoft are raising the price of Xbox live gold to 120 dollars or euros a year.
It'll be 60 for a 6 month sub so you'd have to buy 2 6 month subs to get a year.
It's absolutely ridiculous.
I will not be going anywhere near a Series X because of this.
That would lock me out of multiplayer completely because there's no way in hell I would pay 120 a year or 60 for 6 months of multiplayer.
All I can say is screw them because that is ridiculous.
That is such an anti consumer move.
That's my take on it anyway.
Gamepass doesn't interest me because I like to own my games and play them in my own time and not have to rush it.
I hope people just stop buying Xbox and Microsoft have to reverse their decision because it's bad for gamers.
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Yup, just saw. Trying to push people to GPU, I can't say it's a surprise.
Good thing most of us are stacked up for a couple of years as is.
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Saw Ryan McCaffrey tweet about it a few minutes ago. I always kept my subscription active alongside my PS plus account but with this I have choices to make and more important things to pay for. I did not expect a price hike from either service, not like this anyway.

I'm wondering, though; is this for Xbox Live Gold on its own, or is this Game Pass Ultimate (GP and Gold together)?

If it's the latter, then I'm not surprised, the affordability of Game Pass and the quality of games they allow people to play within a subscription is absolutely ridiculous. I said at the start that it sounded too good to be true. It turns out it was -- way too good.

If it's Gold on its own then that's an absolute scumbag move, because I'd only imagine how much Ultimate would end up costing then...

Of all times to do this price hike, and only 3 years after the last one, this is a really sh1tty move by Microsoft. This CANNOT land well with anyone who's a current subscriber or who plans on subscribing, surely?? I suspect huge, huge backlash from this.
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I better buy the 1 euro 3 month offer so as that ends 31st January.
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22-01-2021, 18:35   #5
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Yup, just saw. Trying to push people to GPU, I can't say it's a surprise.
Good thing most of us are stacked up for a couple of years as is.
Yeah, I just got it last week myself.
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There have been rumours of killing off XBL for quite a while now and personally I knew I would have limited options when my GPU expires next time around (thankfully not for a good while) but this really feels like a hamfisted way of doing it. I'm reading the outrage around and while I don't share it I can understand it. Looks like plenty are now going for a PS5 over the XSX if comments are to be believed. Could this really have a massively detrimental effect on sales? It'll be interesting to see how this pans out
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To me it looks like this is their way of stopping people from getting Gold cheap and converting to GPU, I would guess that too many people are doing that now and they see it as being too cheap. The only real way to stop it is to either stop doing the offer or just get rid of Gold altogether, they really want everyone on GPU anyway so they probably reckon that with the smaller price difference the people who haven't already changed to it will now.
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Probably worth noting that this price is for new subscribers only. If you currently have a 6month membership with MS then you will still pay the same price you are paying now, it won't increase.
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22-01-2021, 22:59   #9
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So I'd been PS-only since 2007, but decided to jump into Xbox this gen, to go along with my PS5.

I got:

Xbox Series X for €529 (Shipped)
Xbox Series S + Elite Controller 2 for €453 (Shipped) (incl. 3.5 months of GPU)
3 years Xbox Live Gold for €171
Xbox Live Gold to GPU conversion €1 (incl. 3 extra months of GPU)

In total, I spent €1,154 and I have 42.5 months (1,260 days) of GPU.

That works out ~€27 per month, or about €0.91c per day all-in.

I think I might sell the Series S this week for ~€250 which brings it down to ~71c per day so I need to decide if having the XBox Series S is worth the extra 20c per day. I think it isn't worth keeping as the storage is just far too insufficient. (I bought the SS + Elite 2 bundle to test out the XBox ecosystem and found it to be decent, so I went for the Series X when it became available to me)

My plan is to sell the Series X after my GPU expires for ~€300, so it will bring my total outlay down to €604, or 48c per day.

I'm writing all this to make it clear to myself how much money I'm giving Microsoft, and to compare the cost of what I did (which is a LOT of money spent) to this heinous price increase for Xbox Live Gold, at least in Ireland.

€120 per year of XBox Live Gold is 32c per day now just to play online or €414 for 1260 days.

€604 - 414 = €190. Woah, that's the MSRP of the Elite Controller 2! Which is all I'll end up with when my time with Xbox is over.
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Probably worth noting that this price is for new subscribers only. If you currently have a 6month membership with MS then you will still pay the same price you are paying now, it won't increase.
Doesn't make it that enticing either. It completely removes choice for people who want to go buy an Xbox. They might not want what's on offer with Game Pass for whatever reason (people who prefer to buy their games) but still want to play online. Xbox Live Gold on its own is not worth €120. Basically, if Gold is going to cost €120, what's the point in it even existing now?
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Is this coming in straight away or do I have time to buy 12 months xbox live gold at the cheaper price.
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Is this coming in straight away or do I have time to buy 12 months xbox live gold at the cheaper price.

You can buy 12 months now and redeem the code. You can stack up to three years if you want.
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You can buy 12 months now and redeem the code. You can stack up to three years if you want.
I have a couple of months left on my 3 months of ultimate gamepass for 1 euro. I hadn't heard about the stacking when I got that deal so when my deal was up I was going to buy 12 months of live and then 1 month of game pass. If I bought the 12 months live code could I redeem it after the 3 months or would these price hikes null and void that.
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I have a couple of months left on my 3 months of ultimate gamepass for 1 euro. I hadn't heard about the stacking when I got that deal so when my deal was up I was going to buy 12 months of live and then 1 month of game pass. If I bought the 12 months live code could I redeem it after the 3 months or would these price hikes null and void that.

I've heard reports that when the trial of GPU lapses, the offer is still open to convert Xbox Live Gold to GPU, but for the full monthly price of €12.99 per month. I personally don't have any experience of this myself, so I can't vouch for whether it actually works, and this loophole might be closed at any time too, but my instinct tells me it will be fine to convert, but I don't know if you will get a 1:1 conversion. (meaning 36 months of XBLG = 36 months of GPU).


For example, there's a thread here:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...6019146?auth=1


...about conversion rates, but this is outdated now... It's a confusing enough mess and I'm not sure when these conversion rates kick-in. I read somewhere that the conversion rate has been updated to 1:1, but again... I'm not 100% on this.



Something others suggested was just starting fresh with a new account, but I'm guessing you wouldn't wanna do that.
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Read an article there that Microsoft have back tracked and now aren't going to raise the price for gold membership and keep it the same after the backlash from fans.
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