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Xbox Game Pass Receiving Many Changes Across Console and PC

Xbox Game Pass Receiving Many Changes Across Console and PC

Microsoft is making some significant changes to its beloved Xbox Game Pass, which includes the sunsetting of a version, price hikes for current ones, and plans for a future one. Here's everything you need to know!

Available now, having started on the 10th of July, the Xbox Game Pass has seen the removal of the Xbox Game Pass Console tier, and it will instead be replaced by an upcoming one, named Xbox Game Pass Standard, which is set to come in the following months. For now, new subscribers have the option to choose between Xbox Game Pass Core and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

If you already have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass Console that is renewable, you will have the opportunity to continue doing so until you cancel it, after which point, it will be lost forever. Meanwhile, the Xbox Game Pass Console codes will be redeemable until further notice, though starting on the 18th of September 2024, you won't be able to extend a subscription past the 13-month mark; this won't affect those who already have a subscription that surpasses the new upcoming limit.

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Xbox Game Pass Standard isn't available currently, so information is limited, but that reduces Xbox Game Pass to three tiers: Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Game Pass Core, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. All three of them have been affected by price hikes, which are the following:

  • PC Game Pass: the monthly subscription to this tier will change from £7.99 to £9.99.
  • Xbox Game Pass Core: the yearly subscription to this tier will change from £49.99 to £55.99
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: the monthly subscription to this tier will change from £12.99 to £14.99

It's worth noting that the price changes won't be reflected instantaneously for current subscribers — everyone who already had a subscription will be able to keep the original prices for a limited time. Subscriptions renewed after the 12th of September will see the new prices reflected, meaning that currently subscribed users have until then to decide whether they want to cancel their subscriptions to these services.

Price changes aren't the only things coming to Xbox Game Pass, however.The catalogue for Xbox Game Pass Core and the upcoming one for Xbox Game Pass Standard will no longer feature day-one titles. These, instead, will be limited to the PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, where both will still house the sought-after boon of being able to play new releases on upon launch.

It's unclear when new releases will be added to the Game Pass line-up. According to the Xbox FAQ, it seems that it may be likely they might not arrive, stating the following:

Some games available with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on day one will not be immediately available with Xbox Game Pass Standard and may be added to the library at a future date.

This line confirms that there isn't a standard plan for day-one releases just yet.Whether they come a few months or even up to a whole year after they first launch, this change means that one of the most significant reasons to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass for some gamers will be locked behind the higher tiers.

Artura Dawn

Artura Dawn

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