The company was planning a hefty price hike for its Xbox Live Gold online service. However, after the outcry from the players, the price increase was quickly withdrawn. An analyst now explains why Microsoft planned these changes.
The analyst Daniel Ahmad now tried to explain on Twitter what Microsoft was planning to do with the price increase.
Xbox is set to grow beyond consoles
The Game Pass gives you access to many games either on the PC or on the Xbox console, which you can download for free with the subscription. Another level is the Game Pass Ultimate, which combines games for the PC, the console and cloud gaming as well as Xbox Live Gold.
With the price increase Microsoft tried to increase the target group of the Game Pass without abolishing Xbox Live Gold and offending gamers. Live Gold should appear less attractive due to the increased prices and so existing subscribers should be tempted to switch to the Game Pass Ultimate. In addition, Microsoft would need its many console users for the Game Pass so that it would remain profitable in view of the associated costs.
According to the latest information, the Game Pass has around 15 million subscribers, who use it mainly on the consoles. However, Microsoft wants to reach the entire community with the service and plans to offer Game Pass in the future via xCloud for iOS and other devices such as Smart TVs.
Acquiring a wider gaming audience beyond the consoles would take time. On the one hand, cloud gaming is not yet feasible for everyone. On the other hand, even with the latest acquisitions to developers by Microsoft, the Game Pass would not have a steady flow of Day 1 AAA titles.
In addition to the withdrawn price increase, Microsoft also announced that Xbox Live Gold is no longer necessary for free-to-play titles. According to the analyst Ahmad, this announcement had already been planned for months and should offset the immense criticism of the company.
Those: Twitter, 4Players
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The article comes from PC Games Hardware 07/2018.
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