Microsoft Announces Price Increases For Xbox Series X And Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has announced today that Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass pricing is set to increase in various countries over the next couple of months, beginning with the Game Pass increase next month.

As per The Verge, the standard version of Xbox Game Pass will jump from $9.99 to $10.99, while Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will jump from $14.99 to $16.99. The cost for PC Game Pass will remain the same.

The following pricing will be applicable to new members of Xbox Game Pass from July 6th, although existing members won't see any changes until August 13th (September 13th in Germany):

New Xbox Game Pass Pricing

  • Xbox Game Pass - £8.99 / €10.99 / $10.99
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - £12.99 / €14.99 / $16.99

In terms of the Xbox Series X, the price will be going up to £479.99 in the UK, €549.99 across most of Europe, $649.99 in Canada and $799.99 in Australia. This will begin on August 1st, and the Xbox Series S won't be affected.

Here's what Kari Perez, head of communications at Xbox, had to say in a statement today:

"We’ve held on our prices for consoles for many years and have adjusted the prices to reflect the competitive conditions in each market."

“These Game Pass price adjustments are not related to the Activision Blizzard deal, and are intended to match local market conditions."

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