Xbox One owners might want to renew their Xbox Live Gold subscriptions before the impending price rise.
Having just released the cheaper Xbox One S: All-Digital Edition console, Microsoft will increase the price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions on May 8.
From May 8, a one month Xbox Live Gold subscription will increase from £5.99 to £6.99.
Three months of Xbox Live Gold will rise from £14.99 to £17.99, while an annual subscription will increase by 25% to £49.99.
This puts the cost of Xbox Live Gold on par with a Sony PlayStation Plus subscription.
Microsoft is increasing the price to “address market conditions”, although existing subscribers won’t have to pay the new price until later this year.
“As of May 08, the 12-month subscription fee for Xbox Live Gold is increasing from £39.99 to £49.99 to address changing market conditions,” reads a Microsoft email.
“All current subscribers will keep their current subscription fee for 90 days. You will be charged the new price effective August 7, 2019 unless you choose to cancel your subscription before the next scheduled payment.”
Similar to PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live subscribers are able to access online multiplayer in games like FIFA, Overwatch, Call of Duty and Battlefield.
Xbox Live members can also grab free games each month as part of their subscription.
May’s Games with Gold releases include Marooners and The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour on Xbox One.
That’s alongside Xbox 360 games Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and Comic Jumper.
Marooners is a party game that can be played in local and online co-op.
“Play a wild mix of fun party games as the action regularly switches back and forth between games,” reads a Microsoft post.
“Can you handle the switcheroo chaos? Join your friends both on the couch and online while sadistically laughing at their misfortune, or come back to haunt them if you die. Run, jump and slap your way to victory!”
The Golf Club, meanwhile, features authentic recreations of famous courses like TPC Boston and TPC Sawgrass, as players compete to win the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup.
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