Xbox Live Gold price is increasing to $120 per year (Update)

Update: Xbox has now stated that there will be no changes to Xbox Live Gold pricing. What’s more, all free-to-play games will be unlocked and no longer required a Gold membership to play.


The Xbox Live Gold price is being increased. The subscription, which is required to enjoy the online multiplayer of many games including free-to-play titles like Fortnite, as well as access to monthly “free” games, is receiving its first price increase in years.

How much is the Xbox Live price increase for 2021?

Xbox Live Price Increase 2021

Xbox Live Gold is increasing from $39.99 to $59.99 for a six-month subscription. That means it will cost $119.98 for a year.

Those paying in one-month installments will see an increase from $9.99 to $10.99, while three-month subscriptions will cost $29.99, up from $24.99.

Xbox Live Gold New Price

  • $10.99 for one month
  • $29.99 for three months
  • $59.99 for six months

Microsoft recently stopped selling Xbox Live Gold 12-month memberships. Six months is now the longest available membership.

Why is the Xbox Live Gold price increasing?

Xbox Live Price Increase 2021

According to Xbox, the Xbox Live Gold price is increasing to “reflect changes in regional marketplaces and to continue to invest in the Xbox community.”

In its official blog, the Xbox Live Gold Team details the price increases while also mentioning the benefits of upgrading a Gold account to a Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

Xbox Live Gold vs Game Pass Ultimate in 2021

Xbox Live Gold vs Game Pass Ultimate in 2021 is now a more difficult choice. The value of Gold is no longer as attractive as it used to be.

For someone looking at buying Xbox Live Gold (~$120) or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (~$150), the extra $30 for Gold and access to the Game Pass catalog, as well as other bonuses, may now seem well worth it.

The price increase of Gold certainly makes Game Pass Ultimate look more appealing.

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