The company announced a price increase on Friday that would double the cost of the annual subscription to the service, which is required to play online games via Xbox, to $ 120 for many users.
Microsoft now says: The price will remain the same, and moreover, the company decided to make Xbox Live compatible with Sony and Nintendo’s online services by canceling the subscription requirement for free games.
Free popular games, such as Fortnite, can be played via PlayStation and Nintendo Switch platforms without an online subscription, but you still need a subscription to Xbox platforms, and Microsoft says it is working hard to introduce this change as soon as possible in the coming months.
Microsoft explained that it was wrong, as communicating and playing with friends is a vital part of games, and the company failed to meet the expectations of the players who depend on it every day, and as a result, it decided not to change Xbox Live Gold prices.
“You will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play free games on Xbox, and we are working hard to introduce this change as soon as possible in the coming months,” she said.
She added: If you are an Xbox Live Gold member, the renewal price remains the same, and new and existing members can continue to enjoy the subscription at the same rates they pay today, which is $ 10 for one month or $ 60 for 12 months.
Many had hoped, and expected, that Microsoft would eliminate Xbox Live fees entirely, or at least allow free games to access multiplayer features across Xbox platforms for free.
Microsoft’s focus in recent years has been on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, which contains an Ultimate tier that includes access to Xbox Live Gold.
While the Xbox Game Pass subscription service provides great value to many gamers, the Gold price increases came in an attempt to induce people to pay for the more expensive service.
Microsoft said: The price of Xbox Live Gold has not changed in many markets for years, and it has not changed in some markets for more than 10 years.
The move appears to be designed to push Xbox Live subscribers toward Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which provides Xbox Live Gold access, xCloud streaming service, and access to over 100 games.