Microsoft transforms Game Pass, raising prices again and launching Standard tier without day-one releases

Microsoft has announced another price increase for its Game Pass subscription service. The company will introduce a new tier without day-one game releases.

Game Pass Ultimate pricing will increase from $16.99 to $19.99 per month (+17.6%), Microsoft detailed in a blog post. For European countries using the euro, the monthly subscription will increase by 20%, from €14.99 to €17.99.

The changes will take effect for all new members on July 10, while existing subscribers will be charged the new price starting September 12.

Below you can see how the monthly Game Pass Ultimate prices will change in some other countries:

  • Argentina — ARS 10.9k (+57%)
  • South Africa — ZAR 199 (+54.2%)
  • India — ₹829 (+51%)
  • Türkiye — ₺309 (+47.8%)
  • Noway — NOK 179 (+28.7%)
  • Japan — ¥1,450 (+19.8%)
  • South Korea — ₩16k (+18.5%)
  • Poland — PLN 73.99 (+17.4%)
  • United Kingdom — £14.99 (+15.3%)

PC Game Pass subscribers will also see a price increase on September 12 — from $9.99 to $11.99 in the US (+20%). And starting today, Game Pass for Console will no longer be available for new members (existing members who have automatic payment renewal enabled will be able to continue to use this option).

In addition, Microsoft announced the Xbox Game Pass Standard tier, which will become available in the coming months and will have all core features of the service except for day-one games. The new Standard option will cost $14.99 per month.

Last August, Microsoft increased Game Pass pricing in most countries. As the company explained in emails sent to some customers today, another increase will be made to “address changing market conditions.” However, another reason is likely the upcoming addition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, which will be a day-one Game Pass release (hence the introduction of the Standard tier).

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