Microsoft to Raise Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Prices and Launch New Standard Subscription in September

The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will rise from $16.99 to $19.99 per month, while PC Game Pass will increase from $9.99 to $11.99 per month, maintaining access to day-one titles.
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Microsoft is set to increase the pricing for its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass subscriptions in September, alongside introducing a new subscription tier. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will rise from $16.99 to $19.99 per month, while PC Game Pass will increase from $9.99 to $11.99 per month, maintaining access to day-one titles. These changes will take effect on September 12th.
Additionally, Microsoft will launch a new subscription option, Xbox Game Pass Standard, which will not include day-one access to first-party Xbox games. This new tier will be priced at $14.99 per month and will include online console multiplayer access, which the existing Xbox Game Pass for Console lacked. The new standard subscription is expected to be available in the coming months.
The price hikes come just before Microsoft plans to add major titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 to its Game Pass service later this year. These increases mainly affect Ultimate subscribers, who form the majority of Game Pass users. The new price adjustments arrive just over a year after the last price hike, which raised rates by $1–$2 per month.
Existing Xbox Game Pass for Console subscribers can continue their subscriptions, but new subscribers will not be able to select this option starting July 10th until the new standard subscription becomes available. Existing subscribers will be able to stack their subscriptions for up to 13 months from September 18th, which won't impact existing stacks.
The price increase for the Ultimate tier is partly to offset the addition of Activision's Call of Duty series to Game Pass. Microsoft had been considering this pricing adjustment since making the Call of Duty addition official. The new pricing and subscription structure are part of Microsoft's strategy to accommodate new game additions and enhance the overall value of their Game Pass offerings.
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