Microsoft acted on a plan to increase the subscription price of its online gaming platform Xbox Live Gold after the outrage from users.
The increase in value doubled the cost of the annual pass and brought the six-month membership to $ 60 (about Rs. 4,400). Last year, Microsoft removed the option of a full year subscription from the online store at that price. The cost for the monthly subscription will also remain the same.
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“We made a mess today and you were right to tell us,” the company said in a statement. “Connecting and playing with friends is an important part of gambling and we have failed to meet the expectations of the players who rely on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change the Xbox Live Gold pricing. “
An earlier move would have pushed the price of Xbox Live Pass to Xbox Live Gold, a more expensive subscription that also provides access to games and other discs.
Game Pass has become the focus of Microsoft’s strategy to attract loyalty with the recent release of the Xbox Series X console. But gamers were angry that Microsoft announced plans to increase subscription costs too much, especially during an epidemic, when people are spending more time on screen than usual and unemployment has increased. Users expressed disappointment online, often comparing subscription costs to Sony’s PlayStation Plus, which is $ 60 per year.
On Twitter, where the topic was one of the top trending topics on Friday, a gamer named Zai said “Xbox users will sell their Xbox just so they can get Xbox Live gold.”