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themightyant

@Balta666 @NintendoByNature It's a real shame. Especially for Standard tier subscribers as they also had a price hike last year. In June 2023 you could get Day 1 games for £8 / $10 a month, now the minimum tier for Day 1 games is £15 / $20. Effectively DOUBLE the cost in just over a year.

For Ultimate subscribers this is slightly easier to swallow, though still off the back of the hike last year. That all said through Microsoft Rewards I haven't paid a penny for Game Pass Ultimate in years and have it stacked for the next 3 so I likely won't feel the pinch of this till next gen.

EDIT: One other thought. I am interested to see how long it will take for games to hit the new Game Pass STANDARD tier and if that includes ALL Games in Ultimate.

EDIT 2: It seems there will be some games that are exclusive to the Ultimate tier. From the FAQ

Ultimate also includes day one titles, specific entries to the Game Pass Ultimate library, access to EA Play, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Perks, Quests, and discounts on games in the Game Pass library

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Pastellioli

@Balta666 I remember seeing that they were discontinuing the console subscription for standard before it was reported here, and I already knew it was a bad move. It's a shame because I was planning on getting the console subscription back as I had canceled it, but I think now I'll have no choice but to buy the standard one if I want to continue playing in the game club unfortunately, though I'll think about it. I really don't want to have to purchase the Ultimate subscription but they are now going to lock some of the games we were supposed to play here behind Ultimate. If we do play Conker's Bad Fur Day eventually (as that is the only game here that I own) I don't know if I'll continue to participate in the game club sadly. I don't have all the money to purchase a lot of games...

Banjo is the best! I love Rare and 90s-00s games a ton.

Currently playing: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Playing soon: TBD
Xbox Gamertag: VividSkies1778

themightyant

@Balta666 @Pastellioli On the (subjective) plus side this might change the group back to playing older titles over new Day 1 releases. That will please some and frustrate others.

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oliverp

@themightyant I would not be to sad about that. Day one releases seems to me to be maybe the most unprofitable an well least unsustainable thing about the standard offer/service to me.

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oliverp

Pastellioli

@themightyant Maybe and I would not mind that, but I don't know what is going to happen to the game club if a lot of people here seem to be unsubscribing and not renewing their sub when it expires. I'll probably do that deal with Ultimate for $1.00 for 14 days maybe this month or the next (depending on what game we will play) but after the 14 days expire I don't think I will resubscribe for a while unless positive changes are made, which I am so doubtful will happen.

Game Pass seems to be constantly changing and getting price hikes all the time. The price hike just came at the wrong time since I was going to resubscribe to Console soon, but they said that you can't use it anymore unless you still have it active, and the Standard sub isn't available on the store yet, so you have no choice but to either get Ultimate or PC at the moment. There is a report (emphasis on "report") that said day one games are going to come to the Standard sub, but not immediately and only after some time passes after the day one games' release. Game Pass does seem cheap at first, but the sub gets so expensive the more time passes. Why is it that Microsoft makes one good move and follows it up with a poor move?

Banjo is the best! I love Rare and 90s-00s games a ton.

Currently playing: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Playing soon: TBD
Xbox Gamertag: VividSkies1778

themightyant

@Pastellioli Sorry to hear you missed on Game Pass for Console, it really is the FOMO edition, if you weren't subscribed by the time they announced it you are screwed. I know a few people who have stacked it for 3 years to avoid the price hike for now. I'm stacked on Ultimate for 3 years too as of last week as I knew price rises were inevitable, though I didn't expect them to be so soon. I also didn't expect them to change it to 13 months max to stack going forward either.

Completely agree Microsoft can't stop shooting themselves in the foot. Usually when you announce some bad news like a price hike you at least TRY and justify it by saying you are making the service better in some way, they didn't do any of that. I do wonder whether they felt their hand was forced by the leaks and rumours and they had to escalate plans, but I doubt it they just seem really poor at communication at times. Ho hum. Two steps forward one step back with Microsoft, or sometimes vice versa.

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