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Microsoft Discontinues 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Subscriptions


What major news is next for Microsoft, Will we be getting a complete overhaul of Xbox services?

Since the release of the Xbox Series X and the PS5 is looming over our heads, Microsoft has made the decision to discontinue the Xbox One X and One S All-Digital consoles. It now appears that the console maker has also decided to quietly phase out its implementation of Xbox Live Gold.

The confirmation has come that Microsoft will no longer be selling 12-month subscriptions to the service on the online store. They will now only be offering 1-month and 3-month subscriptions.

A Microsoft spokesperson has said in a statement:

“At this time, Xbox has decided to remove the 12 months Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft Online Store. Customers can still sign up for a one month or three-month Xbox Live Gold subscription online through the Microsoft Store.”

As this is the first step, it seems inevitable that Microsoft is planning on scrapping the Subscription service altogether. It is also possible that the service will be changed into a new service, perhaps by merging it with Xbox Game Pass. The other possibility is that Microsoft is removing the need to pay for online play at all, which PC users are already doing and this has made console users quite resentful.

Microsoft Discontinues 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Subscriptions

The timing is suspicious as we have recently learned that the Xbox game streaming service xCloud will be folded into Xbox Game Pass in September of this year. This is reportedly happening “at no additional cost to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members”. There will be 100 games available for streaming via your Smartphone or Tablet and 50 games currently in xCloud’s preview program, these include Destiny 2, Halo2, and Dragon Age Requisition.

This decision to scrap the subscription service wasn’t officially announced by Microsoft, but the company did confirm that the decision was intentional.

The news that the Xbox One X and Xbox S All Digital Editions have been discontinued came last week and since then a number of major retailers have listed these products as Discontinued on their respective websites. Some of these retailers include Amazon and Target (US). This move of course giving credibility to the news for all those that were skeptical.

Microsoft are the only ones that truly know their long-term plans and hopefully, they will feel the need to let us in on the news soon, but in the meantime, we grab on to each tidbit of information and can only speculate.