Microsoft has reversed its controversial Xbox Reside worth improve. The corporate introduced a worth hike on Friday that will have doubled the price of a yearly subscription to the service, which is required to play video games on-line on Xbox consoles, to $120 for a lot of customers. Now, although, Microsoft says the value will keep the identical.
Past that, Microsoft has determined to carry Xbox Reside according to Sony and Nintendo’s on-line providers by dropping the subscription requirement for free-to-play video games. Well-liked free-to-play titles like Fortnite are playable on PlayStation consoles and the Nintendo Change with out a web-based subscription, however you continue to want one for Xbox consoles; Microsoft says it’s “working laborious to ship this modification as quickly as doable within the coming months.”
Microsoft’s focus lately has been on Xbox Recreation Move, which has an Final tier that features entry to Xbox Reside Gold. Whereas Recreation Move gives nice worth for a lot of gamers, the Gold worth will increase got here off as an try to nudge individuals into paying for the dearer service.
It’s not shocking that the preliminary announcement was so poorly acquired, however Microsoft’s reversal is sweet information for Xbox Reside Gold subscribers who aren’t concerned with Xbox Recreation Move, and even higher information for individuals who solely use Xbox Reside Gold to play free-to-play video games.