Microsoft will be increasing the upfront cost of first-party Xbox games like Starfield to $70, starting in 2023. In addition to Starfield, the change in price will impact upcoming games such as Redfall, Forza Motorsport and Minecraft Legends, although these games will still be releasing day one on Game Pass.
News initially came from IGN where Microsoft confirmed that their major, built-for-Xbox Series games are seeing the price hike but regional pricing may still differ. No specifics have been outlined yet and we’re only likely to find out more about the new pricing scheme once we’re well into 2023. We did however get some insight as to why the price change is being made, through a Microsoft spokesperson.
“This price reflects the content, scale, and technical complexity of these titles,” a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN. “As with all games developed by our teams at Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass the same day they launch.”
If you missed it, Microsoft isn’t the only one getting price hikes for games. Sony has already started increasing their console price point for the PlayStation 5 in select regions along with a hike to $70 for their first-party blockbuster games. Phil Spencer’s already said that they’ve tried to hold prices to keep things from getting too expensive, but that price hikes are inevitable.
“We’ve held price on consoles, and held price on games, and our subscription. I don’t think we’ll be able to do that forever,”
At the very least, when Phil Spencer said that they won’t be raising prices during the holidays, it appears to be true. If anything, we’re seeing deals on games during the holidays so folks are encouraged to spend on what they want. Microsoft has declined to comment as to whether a price hike on Xbox consoles will follow soon.