Yesterday, Microsoft announced there would be a new pricing structure for Xbox Live Gold with the one-month subscription going up by $1 USD and the 3-month subscription going up by $5 USD more.
But fans were not happy with this choice and Xbox owners made their voices heard. And Microsoft definitely heard them because today the company released a statement saying they would not be increasing the Xbox Live Gold prices and furthermore, free-to-play games are getting unlocked for everyoneto play even without a subscription.
Here is Microsoft’s statement:
“We messed up today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.
We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience. For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member already, you stay at your current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for the same prices they pay today. In the US, $9.99 for 1-month, $24.99 for 3-months, $39.99 for 6-months and $59.99 for retail 12-months.”
If only governments responded as quickly to people’s voices as Microsoft has.