In a peculiar move, Microsoft is no longer offering people the ability to buy an annual subscription to Xbox Live Gold. The site now offers you a monthly or a 3-month purchase option. Perhaps Microsoft is looking to revamp the Xbox Live Gold Program?
Xbox Live Gold could go through a major change
On Microsoft’s official page to buy Xbox Live Gold, the option for an annual plan is no longer available. We have waited several hours for this to be rectified and sent the link to multiple people, verifying that they’re only able to see the monthly or 3-month offer.
There also hasn’t been any response or Microsoft addressing the program to call it a glitch or an error.
Many people are speculating that this could be the end of the Xbox Live Gold program, some people are even saying that this could be Microsoft’s big opportunity to catch Sony off guard.
Some people even believe that Microsoft could significantly revamp the program, perhaps replicating how the PlayStation 3 handled online gaming.
As far-fetched as it sounds, If Microsoft does indeed take the route of making multiplayer games free across the board, this could put Sony in an awkward position.
How online gaming is currently handled
Currently, paying for multiplayer games is a common occurrence across the major consoles. Albeit Nintendo and Sony allow free to play games to be played without their respective online subscription services, Microsoft requires Xbox Live Gold for even free to play games like Fortnite, Apex Legends or Call of Duty Warzone.
The disappearance of the 1-year purchase could be the longest-running glitch in gaming, but if it does mean that Microsoft drops major news at the upcoming July games showcase, it could put Sony on the spot for their August event.
Microsoft could put a deeper focus on earning revenue through xCloud and the Game Pass with the Xbox Series X, so for them to cut the program being a requirement for multiplayer could come off as the boldest move made by any console giant yet.
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