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New Game Pass Prices: Good or Bad??

At the time of writing (June 21, 2023), sources around the gaming/tech space reported on Xbox console and Game Pass prices increasing soon. Will the new prices hurt the consumer? Will the price increases be justified?

Xbox Console Increase

Let's keep it short and sweet with the console prices. It's hardware that suffered through covid-era problems, just like the PS5. The PlayStation had a price hike in select markets to keep up with inflation and other economic factors. The PS5 did not get increased in the United States.

The Series X in particular, will get an increase in certain markets, the US, Japan, Chile, Brazil, and Colombia being exceptions (no increases in those countries). The Series S will remain the same price across the board.

I am totally fine with this move. It's competitive and it isn't a shot out of nowhere, with there being precedent within the industry for this. Hopefully Microsoft/Xbox benefit from making the Series X a higher price, just so that the move is not in vain.

The new Series X prices are in effect on July 6, 2023.

Game Pass Price Hike

I am more intrigued by this move than the new, regional, console prices. Game Pass has been an absolute blessing to have available within the Xbox ecosystem. For only $9.99, players could subscribe to the console only version of Game Pass ($14.99 for "Ultimate"). I have not seen too many opinions on the internet, yet. However, I have a feeling that mine is unpopular (just because generally, more money = bad).

I totally agree with the new subscription rates. Standard Game Pass will be going from $9.99 to $10.99 in. While, the "Ultimate" tier for Game Pass will jump two dollars from $14.99 to $16.99.

The price of the service compared to the value it has, in my opinion, has been a total steal. There are so many amazing AAA and independent titles to choose from and play. I think the new increases are doable, and in my mind, justifiable.

Existing members of the service will not see the change until August 13, 2023, whereas new subscribers will notice on July 6, 2023 (alongside new console price).

OF COURSE, if making the extra $1-$2 is a problem, please do not worry. I'd much rather gamers provide the necessities for themselves and be safe, than gamers using every last penny they can to compensate for the increase.

Stay safe, play games, and drink some water :)

-Console BoXer

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