Microsoft reverse Xbox Live Gold price hike following fallout1 minute read

Microsoft changes pricing plan amid online outrage

Microsoft recently announced a new pricing system for Xbox Live Gold would have been coming in after a minimum of 45 days. The new prices would have meant that if you are on a budget and pay monthly the annual price would have been £95.88 in the U.K. and similar in the U.S.

It is safe to say that there was a lot of online backlash. Journalists, bloggers and the entire Internet became incredibly negative towards the situation. Microsoft were not ignorant to this fact and responded with this simple tweet:

Microsoft have been quick to release a statement to highlight their mistake, in an honest and open passage on their previous update.

“We failed to meet the expectations of players.”

Microsoft statement

So it looks as though the Internet won this day, highlighting to Microsoft that not everyone is on this kind of budget, and not everyone wants to be manipulated towards paying for Ultimate Game Pass. Miscrosoft have accepted this in defeat and reversed their statement – what more can we ask? Well – free-to-play games, such as Fortnite, will no longer require Gold membership, bringing the service inline with Sony PlayStation’s offerings.

Microsoft’s full statement can be read here.

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