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Microsoft backtracks on Xbox Live Gold price hike.-

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Microsoft has reversed its controversial Xbox Live price increase.

The company announced a price hike on Friday that would have doubled the cost of a yearly subscription to the service, which is required to play games online on Xbox consoles, to $120 for many users.


] Beyond that, Microsoft has decided to bring Xbox Live in line with Sony and Nintendo’s online services by dropping the subscription requirement for free-to-play games.

Popular free-to-play titles like Fortnite are playable on PlayStation consoles and the Nintendo Switch without an online subscription, but you still need one for Xbox consoles; Microsoft says it’s ‘working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.

] For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox.

] 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.

Microsoft’s focus in recent years has been on Xbox Game Pass, which has an Ultimate tier that includes access to Xbox Live Gold.

] It’s not surprising that the initial announcement was so poorly received, but Microsoft’s reversal is good news for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who aren’t interested in Xbox Game Pass, and even better news for people who only use Xbox Live Gold to play free-to-play games.