after Sony, Microsoft announces that prices will increase in 2023

According to Phil Spencer, Xbox Game Pass is profitable as it represents approximately “10 to 15%” of Microsoft’s revenue in the video game sector. However, growth is slowing down, and price increases can be expected as early as next year.

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A few weeks ago, Sony announced bad news for gamers: the price of its PS5 would increase in Europe. Nintendo, for its part, has promised that it will not raise the price of the Switch despite inflation, and Microsoft has also assured thatno Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S price increases were planned.

So far, Microsoft has not changed its mind, but is instead considering The Xbox platform as a way to transfer players to its Xbox Game Pass service. The latter offers games for a monthly subscription, including Microsoft exclusive titles on the day of their release. However, it seems that Microsoft has changed its mind.

Price increases from next year on Xbox

During WSJ Live, Phil Spencer said that Xbox Game Pass or console prices may be increased in the future. “ I think at some point we will have to raise the prices on certain things, but as we approach the end of the year holidays we thought it was important to maintain the prices “.

The Xbox boss added that “ Consumers are currently more insecure than they have been in a long time, and I want our video game support to be something they find appealing. “. This means that the price of the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles will not increase at the end of the year, but should begin to rise from the beginning of next year.

The Xbox Game Pass service, which is considered to be one of the best value for money in video games, may also see an increase. At the moment, we don’t really know what will increase at Microsoft in 2023. The American giant could choose to raise only the prices of consoles, those of Xbox Game Pass or even the price of its exclusive games… or even all three at the same time.

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