Xbox Games, Console and Subscription Prices Set to Increase in the Future: Xbox Head

Microsoft appears to be following in the footsteps of Sony by raising the prices of its consoles and subscription services.

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Phil Spencer, Xbox Head, has hinted that the prices of Xbox Series X/S consoles and Xbox Game Pass will go up in the future. Speaking at WSJ Tech Live, he also stated that PC Game Pass has had “incredible growth,” although Xbox Game Pass’s growth is diminishing. Spencer also stated that Xbox Game Pass provides “10-15%” of Xbox’s total earnings. Microsoft earlier stated that prices of Xbox will not increase, in contrast to the PS5, which had a price hike in certain selected regions in 2022.

Sony revealed that the PS5’s price is rising owing to inflation and adverse currency trends in China, Europe, Japan, and the UK. Notably, the price spike does not apply in North America. The price hike for the PS5 was received with public outrage, as it has been difficult to obtain a console since debut, even two years later, and many individuals weren’t able to purchase a system at its former pricing. Microsoft and Nintendo replied to the PS5 price rise by stating that their consoles will continue at their present prices for the time being, with no plans for future price increases.

Microsoft appears to be following in the footsteps of Sony by raising the prices of its consoles and subscription services.

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Xbox Series X/S and Game Pass Price will Hike Up in the Future

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We can expect that Xbox Series X might see a comparable price rise to the PS5 in certain markets, but the Xbox Series S is expected to be struck too severely, given the console’s entire attraction is that it’s the cheapest choice among the current-gen consoles. The Xbox Series S price has previously been reduced in Japan, and a rise would weaken the system’s value. A price hike for Xbox Series X/S games, as well as Xbox/PC Game Pass, will probably be increased in the near future. Probably, the game pass price will be hiked before a major game release, such as Starfield, in order to make the new pricing as appealing as possible.

According to The Verge writer Tom Warren, Spencer stated that Xbox console, game, and subscription pricing would soon rise. He didn’t specify which of these categories would see a price increase, or if all of them would. It was also unclear when these costs would rise. Spencer, on the other hand, has promised that prices would not rise before the forthcoming holiday season.

Spencer stated, ‘I think at some point we’ll have to raise the prices on certain things.’ He further stated, ‘We’ve held price on our console, we’ve held price on games… and our subscription. I don’t think we’ll be able to do that forever. I do think at some point we’ll have to raise some prices on certain things…’

During the same WSJ Tech Live interview, Spencer stated, ‘I’ve seen growth slow down, mainly because at some point you’ve reached everybody on console that wants to subscribe.’

According to Microsoft, Game Pass had more than 25 million susbcrisbed users by Jan 2022. Speaking of Xbox Consoles, the company reported that they have around 63 million Xbox Console users in a filed document submitted as part of the UK’s investigation of their planned Activision Blizzard Deal.

According to VGC, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in a conference call last Tuesday that Game Pass usage has increased, “across all platforms driven by the strength off console.” He also reveale, “PC Game Pass subscriptions increased 159% year-over-year, and with cloud gaming, we’re transforming how games are distributed, played and viewed. More than 20 million people have used the service to stream games to date.”

However, a price increase on Xbox consoles will not be entertained by the players, especially when they are being beaten at the marketplace by Sony’s consoles. When the timing and amount of price hike will reveal how many players would take a turn away, especially the Sony’s Price hike has not degraded its appeal in the market. A price hike for Xbox Game Pass might be the most damaging, especially if Microsoft wants for it to be something that gamers would stay committed to all year instead of dipping in and out whenever a major new product is introduced to the service.

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