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There have been multiple reports about Microsoft potentially increasing the price of its Xbox Game Pass subscription service and adding more tiers ahead of the arrival of Activision game releases, and it's now been officially confirmed.

In an update on the Xbox support page, Microsoft announced it would be increasing the prices of Xbox Game Pass and also introducing a new 'Standard' subscription tier for $14.99 USD per month, which notably won't come with "day one" games.

"Xbox Game Pass Standard gives you hundreds of high-quality games to play on your console. It also features all the benefits of Game Pass Core, such as online console multiplayer and select member deals and discounts, including up to 50% off select games. Note Game Pass Standard will not include games released on day one."

As for the price increases, Xbox's Game Pass Ultimate tier will jump from £12.99 / €14.99 / $16.99 per-month to £14.99 / 17.99 / $19.99 per-month. For PC Game Pass, the price will be adjusted from £7.99 / €9.99 / $9.99 per-month to £9.99 / €11.99 / $11.99 per-month (or the regional equivalent).

At the time of writing, prepaid codes can still be purchased at previous, cheaper prices. If you're wanting to stack up ahead of prices rising across the board, feel free to grab some codes from our store now:

The new "Standard" tier will be made available in "the coming months" and will replace Game Pass for Console, which is no longer available to new members. For now, existing subscribers will be able to continue to enjoy this membership if automatic payment renewal is enabled.

Game Pass Core (12 month) is also being adjusted from £49.99 / €59.99 / $59.99 / to £55.99 / 69.99 / $74.99.

These price changes will take effect this week on July 10th for new members. As for existing members, the new prices will be applied on September 12th with select countries excluded. Along with this, as of September 18th "the maximum extension limit" of Game Pass for Console for existing users will be 13 months.

Below, you can take a look at the Xbox Game Pass subscription tiers featuring the new 'Standard' tier:

Xbox Game Pass
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