Xbox Game Pass could get an ad-supported, cheaper tier

XBOX has given hints that it will be changing how its subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, will work, including a new cheaper tier.

Rumors swirled over the weekend that Xbox Game Pass would increase its price sometime in the new year.

Phil Spencer announced that Xbox prices are likely to increase.


Phil Spencer announced that Xbox prices are likely to increase.Credit: EPA

These rumors follow comments from Head of Xbox Gaming Phil Spencer that the console and service won’t hold its price forever.

He explained: “At the start of this holiday we felt it was really important that we keep the prices that we have.

“We held [the] We kept the price on our console [the] Price of games for us and our subscription.

“I don’t think we’re going to be able to keep this up forever.”

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However, Xbox has long been the budget-friendly option for gamers, and increasing the price of Game Pass would be a blow to the community.

It seems to negate that fact. Xbox is considering a new cheaper tier supported by ads.

Spanish-speaking gamers have reported that Microsoft sent out a survey asking about possible subscription plans.

The survey reportedly asked users about two hypothetical subscription plans.

The first was a family plan, giving access to Game Pass benefits to multiple people and consoles.

The second was a cheaper, ad-supported plan that would still offer most, but not all, of Game Pass’s benefits.

The family plan is already being tested by Microsoft and has been rolled out in two countries since September.

The ad-supported plan hasn’t been officially announced, but screenshots show it could cost as little as £3.

The catch is that every time players launch a game on the service, they would have to watch a series of ads.

Microsoft recently filed a patent for displaying personalized advertising in video games.

The plan also stipulates that subscribers would have to wait six months to play first-party games, compared to Xbox’s usual day-one access.

Written by Oliver Brandt and Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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