Microsoft to increase PC Xbox Game Pass price

Microsoft to increase PC Xbox Game Pass price

Tech and software giant Microsoft has said that the cost of its Xbox Game Pass on PC will be increasing this month.

In a post on Twitter, it was revealed that from September 17th, the subscription service will double to $9.99 each month from its introductory $4.99 pricing that was rolled out when Game Pass hit PC in August 2019.

That brings it in line with the console edition of the subscription service.

Microsoft also revealed that those paying for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate would receive membership to the EA Play subscription service at no additional cost. EA Play was formerly known as Origin Access on PC, but was rebranded last month. It has also come to Steam. 

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the premium tier of Microsoft's subscription offering and was announced at E3 2019. This includes the features of regular Game Pass, as well as Xbox Live Gold and – as of later this month – the Big M's Project xCloud streaming platform for $14.99 per month.

In a blog post on the future of Xbox, the division's head Phil Spencer said that Game Pass was played by over 10m people, meaning it has stayed roughly steady since April of this year.

"Gaming has evolved in the last decade to make it easier, simpler and more affordable for any player to make that first connection with a new world, a new story, or a new friend," Spencer said.

"With a family of next-gen Xbox consoles, even greater variety and value with Xbox Game Pass, and an expansion to Xbox All Access, we invite everyone to join us for this next generation of gaming."

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