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Microsoft Reveals Xbox Game Pass Changes, Adds New Standard Tier Without Day One Releases, Increases Ultimate Tier Price

by Rainier on July 9, 2024 @ 5:07 p.m. PDT

Tomorrow Microsoft will be making sweeping changes to Xbox Game Pass, adding a new Standard tier while increasing the Ultimate's price.

Starting July 10, 2024, the following updates to Xbox Game Pass will take effect:

  • Price changes will go into effect for new members for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Game Pass Core, and PC Game Pass.
  • Game Pass for Console will no longer be available for new members.
  • Members who are already subscribed to Game Pass for Console and have automatic payment renewal enabled will be able to continue to enjoy their membership.

Also, a new Game Pass option, Xbox Game Pass Standard, will become available in the coming months. These changes will enable us to bring members more value and more great games to Game Pass.

What’s changing?

Worldwide prices are changing for Game Pass Ultimate, PC Game Pass, and 12-month subscriptions to Game Pass Core.

  • On July 10, 2024, updated prices take effect for new member subscriptions.
  • Starting September 12, 2024, the price of recurring charges will change for existing members. Select countries are excluded from this price update. Recurring billing dates will not change. New prices take effect on the next recurring billing charge after September 12, 2024.
  • These changes will also take effect for 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month subscriptions to Game Pass Core in Türkiye, South Africa, and Argentina, as well as 6-month subscriptions to Game Pass Core in India.

To view the specific price changes for each subscription type by country and currency, go to Game Pass price updates by country and currency

You can manage your account and payment options, or cancel future charges, by going to Settings > Account > Subscriptions on your Xbox console, or by following Services & subscriptions

Changes to Game Pass for Console

Starting on July 10, 2024, Xbox Game Pass for Console will not be available for new members.

  • If you are currently subscribed to Xbox Game Pass for Console and have automatic payment renewal enabled, you will be able to continue to enjoy your membership. Look for a message from Xbox in your inbox with more information on your membership.
  • If at any time you turn off your automatic payment renewal and your membership lapses, you will no longer have access to Game Pass for Console and will need to join one of the other plans we offer for Game Pass. You can manage your subscriptions here: Services & subscriptions
  • Xbox Game Pass for Console codes will continue to be redeemable until further notice. As of September 18, 2024, the maximum extension limit of Game Pass for Console will be 13 months. This will not impact any time you currently have stacked on your account that exceeds 13 months and will only impact your future ability to stack more than 13 months after September 18, 2024. To learn more about account extension limits, visit Xbox subscription extension limits

Xbox Game Pass Standard

We created Game Pass to offer players more choice in how they discover and play games. That includes offering different prices and plans, so players can find what works best for them. A new Game Pass option, Xbox Game Pass Standard, will become available for $14.99 USD (pricing varies by market) in the coming months.

Xbox Game Pass member options for consoles

Xbox Game Pass Standard includes hundreds of high-quality games, online console multiplayer, and select member deals and discounts. In addition to having all the benefits in Game Pass Standard, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also includes day one titles, specific entries to the Game Pass Ultimate library, access to EA Play, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Perks, Quests, and discounts on games in the Game Pass library.

Some games available with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on day one will not be immediately available with Xbox Game Pass Standard and may be added to the library at a future date.

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