2022 saw video game prices increasing significantly. While the standard price for a newly launched game was $60, it has now been raised by $10 to $70. The only studio that has been shy from the price hike was Microsoft. And now they are joining in too.
Microsoft Increasing Game Prices to $70
Talking to IGN, a Microsoft representative revealed that they are increasing their new first-party game prices from $60 to $70. All upcoming titles including Starfield, Redfall, and Forza will cost the revised amount. The regional prices will differ but haven’t been revealed yet.
If we are being honest, this was long coming. Ever since the general trend of $70 games took off, many wondered why Microsoft decided to keep their prices the same. This year, Sony raised the prices of PlayStation 5 in certain regions and Nintendo also showed its intent to do the same.
Microsoft boss Phil Spencer stated earlier this year that they don’t want to increase the prices, but later reiterated by saying they might increase them after the 2022 holidays. But at this point, it’s not clear if this is going to happen or not. IGN has reached out to Microsoft for comment on the situation.
The Games will Remain on Game Pass
In good news, despite the hiked prices, Microsoft won’t be removing the new games from the Game Pass. That means that all these $70 games will be available on the subscription service from day 1.
This price reflects the content, scale, and technical complexity of these titles. As with all games developed by our teams at Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass the same day they launch.Microsoft representative via IGN
Seeing that the most important Microsoft games releasing next year are slated for day 1 release on Game Pass too, this won’t be a big deal for many. And it’s also good to see a company caring for its customers. Although the prices have been raised maintaining the availability is a really welcome and appreciatable move.
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