Xbox Series X Consoles And Xbox Game Pass Subscriptions Are Getting A Price Increase
While the Xbox Series X console price remains the same in the US, the price of Xbox Game Pass is increasing across the globe.
Microsoft will be increasing the price of its Xbox Series X consoles and Game Pass subscription service across the world. While the console price will remain the same in the US, Japan, Chile, Brazil, and Colombia, in the rest of the world, the new pricing will see it match the PS5 and its recent global price hike.
"We've held on our prices for consoles for many years and have adjusted the prices to reflect the competitive conditions in each market," said Kari Perez, head of communications for Xbox, to The Verge. The new pricing will set the MSRP of the Xbox Series X to £480 in the UK, €550 in several European markets, CAD $650 in Canada, and AUD $800 in Australia as of August 1. As for the Xbox Series S, its price won't be increased and will remain the same in all markets where it's sold.
Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, on the other hand, is getting a global price increase from July 6. In the US, it'll increase from $15 a month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to $17, and the base Xbox Game Pass subscription will go up from $10 to $11. PC Game Pass pricing will remain the same, and if you're an existing Game Pass monthly subscriber, these new changes will only take effect from August 13, or September 13 if you live in Germany.
For anyone with an annual subscription, the new pricing will only kick in once you need to renew your membership. Last year in October, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer hinted that prices would go up when he spoke at a Wall Street Journal event in southern California. "I do think at some point we'll have to raise the prices on certain things, but going into this holiday we thought it was important to maintain the prices," Spencer said at the time.
If you're looking to save some cash before these new prices kick in, now's a good time to grab a digital Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership for slightly less. These three-month deals usually retail for $45, but right now, you can top up your account for the next quarter for only $41.66.