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Xbox Game Pass Price Hike: Ultimate Increases, Standard Loses Day-One Games

Microsoft Shakes Up Game Pass with New Pricing and Tier Changes

Microsoft is shaking things up with its Xbox Game Pass subscription service, and not all the changes are going to be popular. Starting soon, the prices for various Game Pass tiers are set to increase, and the Standard tier will no longer include day-one game releases.

The most significant change is the price hike for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is jumping from $16.99 to $19.99 per month. This $3 increase makes it the most expensive option but also the only one that offers day-one releases for console players who aren’t already on the existing Console plan.

PC gamers aren’t spared either. The PC Game Pass will see a $2 increase, bringing the monthly cost from $9.99 to $11.99. However, PC subscribers will still get access to day-one games, which might soften the blow a bit.

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The Xbox Game Pass Standard tier is getting a significant overhaul. When it becomes available to new or lapsed subscribers in the coming months, it will cost $14.99 per month. However, it will no longer include day-one releases, meaning you won’t get immediate access to big titles like the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 6. This change makes the Ultimate tier the only option for console players who want those day-one releases.

The Xbox Game Pass Core remains at $9.99 per month, but the annual subscription is increasing from $59.99 to $74.99. Meanwhile, the Xbox Game Pass for Console, which costs $10.99 per month for existing subscribers, is being phased out, and new sign-ups are no longer available.

Microsoft has released a comprehensive list of worldwide price changes for Game Pass, so subscribers around the globe can see how these adjustments will affect them.

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