Xbox Live prices rising on Wednesday in UK

Cost of 12-month subscription jumping 25% to £50

Xbox Live Gold subscription prices will increase by up to 25 per cent in the UK beginning on Wednesday, May 8.

The monthly subscription price is set to rise by £1 to £6.99, the quarterly subscription price will increase by £3 to £17.99, and the 12-month subscription price will jump by £10 to £49.99.

Microsoft confirmed the price rises in April, when a spokesperson said the move was being made to “ensure gamers have consistent pricing for Xbox Live Gold across Europe”.

The company hasn’t announced plans to change the existing six-month subscription price of £29.99.

The price increases bring monthly and annual Xbox Live Gold subscriptions in line with the cost of their PlayStation Plus equivalents, while a three-month Xbox Live Gold subscription will be £2 cheaper than three-months of PlayStation Plus.

May’s free Xbox Live Gold games are Marooners, The Golf Club 2, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and Comic Jumper.

Microsoft recently announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Launching later this year, it’ll combine Xbox Live Gold membership with Xbox Game Pass in one subscription package.

Xbox Live had 64 million active users at the end of Microsoft’s third quarter ended March 31, 2019.