BREAKING: Microsoft is raising Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass prices. The Xbox Series X will go up in most markets apart from the US, Chile, and Japan - and match PS5 pricing. Xbox Game Pass Console and Ultimate is going up everywhere. Details here: https://t.co/fYSJahdqDh— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 21, 2023
After years of speculation, Microsoft has announced a batch of console and Game Pass Price hikes. Many of these price hikes were expected after Sony announced a price adjustment to coincide with worldwide rising inflation. The first of these prices hikes will involve the Xbox Series X going up in most markets apart from the US, Chile, and Japan - to match the price of the PS5 in those countries. This would mean the Xbox Series X will be £479.99 in the UK, €549.99 in the EU, CAD $649.99 in Canada, and AUD $799.99 in Australia starting August 1st. The Xbox Series S, however, will remain at its current price and will largely remain at $249.99 and its equivalent worldwide.
With Game Pass, things are a bit more "odd," so I will use a handy quote from the Verge article breaking this news to run down the price increases.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will move from $14.99 per month to $16.99 (€14.99 / £12.99). The base Xbox Game Pass for Console pricing will also move from $9.99 a month up to $10.99 (€10.99 / £8.99). Microsoft is not changing PC Game Pass pricing, though.
So, PC Game Pass is going untouched, Xbox Game Pass is going up by about a dollar, and the bundled version is going up by $2 because... reasons. Oh, and Game Pass pricing will remain the same in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia. If you are already subscribed to Game Pass, these new prices will not take effect until August 13th unless you live in Germany where the price increases will begin on September 13th. If you want to know how the price of Game Pass will rise in your home country, then I strongly recommend that Verge article because they have a handy spreadsheet that breaks everything down.
I will admit, I feel like we all knew this was going to happen eventually, and that sentiment applies to Game Pass and the price of the Xbox Series X. When Sony raised their prices, you just knew Microsoft was mulling over their options. With Game Pass, while this batch of increases isn't too much, you can't help but think its sets a precedent that MS is bound to follow in which they adjust prices depending on individual markets.