Microsoft Has Discontinued Game Pass’ Introductory $1 Price Point

New subscribers could sign on for a subscription at a one-time introductory price of $1, though that will no longer be an option going forward.

Posted By | On 27th, Mar. 2023

xbox game pass

Pretty much since the day it was introduced, Game Pass has been one of the best and most valuable deals in gaming, and it’s no surprise that Microsoft has made it a central part of its Xbox strategy. And while its impressive catalog of games and day one releases will undoubtedly continue to be hugely attractive, its newest pricing changes are unlikely to go down well with potential subscribers.

Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – the service’s higher tier which bundles together Xbox and PC Game Pass along with EA Play Live – have long been allowing new subscribers to subscribe for a one-time introductory price of just $1, with subsequent months reverting to the service’s regular pricing model.

Going forward, however, that introductory price will no longer be available, and regardless of whether you’re a new subscriber or not, you’ll be required to pay the monthly price of either $9.99 (for Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass) or $14.99 (for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate).

“We have stopped our previous introductory offer for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass and are evaluating different marketing promotions for new members in the future,” Xbox’s head of global communications, Kari Perez, said in a statement to The Verge.

Exactly what these new marketing promotions will end up being remains to be seen, though given how pivotal the service is to Microsoft’s gaming strategy, one would assume that the company will want to introduce new offers in the near future.

Game Pass’ pricing and potential changes have been a price of contention for some of late, especially in the context of Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, though the company has assured that should the acquisition go through, it will not result in prices for the service being increased. Read more on that through here.


Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!

Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

Black Myth: Wukong Receives Promising New Trailer Ahead of August Release

Black Myth: Wukong Receives Promising New Trailer Ahead of August Release

Game Science has released a new trailer for its upcoming Soulslike action RPG, offering further glimpses at co...

HBO’s The Last of Us Season 2 Will Reportedly Premiere in the First Half of 2025

HBO’s The Last of Us Season 2 Will Reportedly Premiere in the First Half of 2025

Though a second season of the acclaimed series is in production, an official premiere date is currently unknow...

Ghost of Tsushima is Sony’s Biggest Ever Single-Player Launch on Steam, Surpassing God of War

Ghost of Tsushima is Sony’s Biggest Ever Single-Player Launch on Steam, Surpassing God of War

The open world samurai epic hits a peak of 77,154 concurrent players on Steam, the highest any single-player S...

PS6 Graphics – Can it Approach Photorealism?

PS6 Graphics – Can it Approach Photorealism?

If the PS5 Pro leaks are accurate, the eventual PS6 is slated to be one powerful console. But if modern GPUs s...

Fortnite Announces Fallout Crossover

Fortnite Announces Fallout Crossover

Details are scarce, but Epic Games has confirmed that the battle royale title is getting a Fallout crossover.

Stellar Blade Update Teased for Next Week

Stellar Blade Update Teased for Next Week

"Get ready for next week," developer Shift Up says in a recently published tweet, though nothing else is revea...