Xbox Game Pass Standard Tier will not include Day One titles as Microsoft raises prices again

Microsoft has quietly announced that it will no longer include day-one releases like Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 in the standard Xbox Game Pass category due to price increases for the service.

First reported by Windows Central and detailed on Xbox Support, Microsoft is raising the price of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate from $16.99 to $19.99 per month in the US. It’s also replacing the more basic $10.99 Xbox Game Pass Console subscription with Xbox Game Pass Standard, a $14.99 option that doesn’t include the beloved day-one launch feature, “dedicated access to the Game Pass Ultimate library,” access to EA Play, Xbox Cloud Gaming, benefits, Quests, and discounts on games in the Game Pass library.

Microsoft also hasn’t committed to eventually bringing these titles to Xbox Game Pass, saying that titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 “may be added to the library in the future.”

People who want to play these games at launch, or perhaps at all, will therefore need to pay for the $19.99-per-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription once these price changes go into effect for new members on July 10, 2024, and for existing members on September 12, 2024.

PC Game Pass is also increasing from $9.99 per month to $11.99 per month, while the most basic Xbox Game Pass Core tier is increasing from $59.99 to $74.99 per year. It remains $9.99 per month, though.

Finally, Microsoft will only allow its users to prepay for Xbox Game Pass for Console for up to 13 months. Users with more than 13 months of paid subscriptions already will not be affected.

Price increases will be implemented globally. A full list of affected countries and specific local currency changes can be found here.

Xbox Game Pass Changes

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – $19.99 per month – Access to the full library of Xbox Game Pass games, PC Game Pass games, EA Play, day one titles, online multiplayer, member offers and discounts, perks, and cloud gaming.

Xbox Game Pass Standard – $14.99 per month – Access to a limited library of Xbox Game Pass games that doesn’t include day one titles, plus online multiplayer and member deals and discounts. This tier is “coming soon” and not necessarily in conjunction with the September 12, 2024 price increase.

PC Game Pass – $11.99 per month – PC Game Pass games and EA Play. Microsoft has not yet clarified whether day one titles will still be included in this subscription.

Xbox Game Pass console – $10.99 per month for existing subscribers only – Limited library of Xbox games in addition to member offers and discounts. No longer available to purchase as a new subscriber.

Xbox Game Pass Core – $9.99 per month – About 25 Xbox Game Pass games, online multiplayer, and member offers and discounts.

Microsoft last raised Xbox Game Pass prices in 2023, when the price for the Ultimate tier increased from $14.99 per month to $16.99 per month. It was the first price increase since 2017. So by paying $14.99 per month for Xbox Game Pass, users are getting significantly less than they were a year ago, as Microsoft removed day-one titles, EA Play, cloud gaming, and free perks from the service during that time.

Rumors have been circulating since May 2024 that Xbox is considering raising the price further, especially given the planned addition of future Call of Duty games to the service from day one following Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard last year.

The gaming division has also implemented a number of cost-cutting measures in recent months, including closing Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin in May and announcing the layoff of 1,900 staff in January.

Rebekah Valentine is a senior reporter for IGN. Have a story tip? Send it to [email protected].

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