In October, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said price increases for all Xbox products, including games, consoles and Game Pass, were inevitable and would take place after the holiday season. Phil’s reasoning is understandable given that other gaming giants like Sony, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, and Electronic Arts have already raised the price of the base game to $70 for him. Recent releases like Need for Speed Unbound, Marvel’s Midnight Sons, and God of War Ragnarok are proof of that.
The statement clarifies that upcoming AAA-only titles Redfall, Starfield, Forza Motorsport, and Avowed will debut at a price of $70, but will be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one. And that statement is somewhat justified, as the Xbox Series X and S were heavily discounted during the Black Friday sale, making them the most desirable products during the sale. The price hike is also likely to affect consoles as well, so it looks like this will be the last chance gamers have to upgrade to the next-gen Xbox console.
Only Microsoft has lagged behind in implementing an increase in gaming offerings, while direct competitor Sony Interactive Entertainment has raised the price of the PlayStation 5 several times. It’s lost $100 to $200 on console sales and relies primarily on software sales, including games and Xbox Game Pass. Speaking of Xbox Game Pass, it’s offered incredible value at bargain prices since its release in 2017, and AAA day one releases like A Plague Tale: Requiem are helping Microsoft’s bank keep up with the model. It’s getting harder. Microsoft released the following statement confirming the price increase to $70.
- First-party Xbox games will cost $70 more than Microsoft
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