Xbox Game Pass Price Changes: What You Need to Know

Price Changes SummaryComparison Table
Detailed BreakdownImportant Dates
Global Price IncreasesActions for Subscribers
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Microsoft is rolling out significant changes to Xbox Game Pass pricing and tiers. Here’s a detailed guide to help you understand these changes and what they mean for current and new subscribers.

Summary of Xbox Game Pass Price Changes

  • Xbox Game Pass for Console: No longer available for new users, but existing subscribers can keep their benefits.
  • New Xbox Game Pass Standard: Priced at $14.99 per month, includes Xbox Live Gold but no day one games or cloud gaming.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: Price increased to $19.99 per month; still includes PC Game Pass, day one games, and cloud gaming.
  • PC Game Pass: Price increased from $9.99 to $11.99 per month, continues to offer day one games.
  • Xbox Game Pass Core: Annual price increased to $74.99 from $59.99, monthly remains $9.99.

Comparison Table

PlanPrevious PriceNew PriceIncludesExcludes
Xbox Game Pass for Console$9.99N/ADay one games, back catalogueN/A
Xbox Game Pass StandardN/A$14.99Back catalogue, Xbox Live Gold (Game Pass Core)Day one games, cloud gaming
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate$14.99$19.99PC Game Pass, day one games, cloud gamingN/A
PC Game Pass$9.99$11.99Day one gamesN/A
Xbox Game Pass Core$59.99 (annual)$74.99Multiplayer (Xbox Live Gold)N/A
Xbox Game Pass Price Changes

Detailed Breakdown of Xbox Game Pass Price Changes

1. Xbox Game Pass for Console

  • Current Subscribers: Maintain existing benefits, including day one games and back catalogue access.
  • New Users: Not available for new subscriptions.

2. New Xbox Game Pass “Standard”

  • Price: $14.99 per month.
  • Includes: Xbox Live Gold (Game Pass Core), Access to Xbox’s back catalogue.
  • Excludes: Day one games, Xbox Cloud gaming.
  • Launch Date: September 2024.

3. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

  • New Price: $19.99 per month.
  • Includes: PC Game Pass, Day one games, Hundreds of back catalogue titles, Cloud gaming.

4. PC Game Pass

  • New Price: $11.99 per month (previously $9.99).
  • Includes: Day one games.

5. Xbox Game Pass Core (formerly Xbox Live Gold)

  • Annual Price: $74.99 (previously $59.99).
  • Monthly Price: Remains $9.99.

Important Dates

  • September 12, 2024: Price changes take effect for users with recurring billing.
  • Stacking Limits: Users can stack Xbox Game Pass for Console subscriptions for up to 13 months with pre-paid cards.

Global Price Increases

Price increases are global. Check the new prices for your region here.

Actions for Subscribers

  • Recurring Billing: If you have recurring billing, the new prices will apply from September 12, 2024. You can cancel your subscription before this date if you choose not to continue.
  • Support Page: For more details, visit Microsoft’s support page here.


These changes bring a mix of new tiers and price increases. While current subscribers to Xbox Game Pass for Console can keep their benefits, new users will need to choose between the Standard or Ultimate plans. Stay informed and decide which plan best suits your gaming needs.

Windows Central was the first to confirm that the pricing changes are real. For more information and updates, refer to the official Xbox support page.

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