SECURITY UPDATE TRAINING. Microsoft has announced that not only Xbox Live Gold will not suffer increases, but will soon be no longer necessary to access the online features of free to play games.
Microsoft has decided to increase the quota necessary for the subscription to the Xbox Live Gold services on US soil. At the moment, no official reasons have been given for this decision.
For US users intent on subscribing to the necessary subscription to access Microsoft's online ecosystem, prices will increase by $ 1 for monthly and $ 5 for quarterly, respectively. Those increases bring Xbox Live Gold to the same price range as Xbox Game Pass. Many players will therefore be much more inclined to subscribe to the Ultimate version of the latter.
It is still unclear whether these increases will affect other markets, let alone whether increases in other services offered by the Redmond-based company are also foreseeable.