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Microsoft reverses price increase for Xbox Live Gold, free-to-play games won't require sub

After announcing a price increase for Xbox Live Gold yesterday, Microsoft has reversed the decision.

Pricing will not only remain the same but now, you will also no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play a free-to-play game on Xbox.

"We messed up today and you were right to let us know," said the company in a statement. "Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.

"We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience. For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months."

For those who are currently an Xbox Live Gold, you will stay at your current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to pay $9.99 for 1-month, $24.99 for 3-months, $39.99 for 6-months, and $59.99 for retail 12-months, or the regional equivalent.

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