That's a 100% increase in some cases.
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Microsoft has officially increased the price of Xbox Live Gold. It used to be that you could get an entire year of Gold for just $60 (USD). Now, you get just six months of Gold for $59.99. This makes a year of Xbox Live Gold as much as $120, or double what it used to be not that long ago.

Other price increases include the three-month plan for $29.99 (USD), and one-month is now $10.99. These price increases will impact new and lapsed membership purchases only. If you renew your Xbox Live Gold, they say that it will renew at the old price provided it's renewed for six or twelve months.

Keep in mind that Xbox Live Gold is a requirement for online play. It is also needed for online play in the case of free-to-play titles that have an online component tied to them.

It wasn't that long ago that a rumor started circulating that Xbox Live Gold would be dropping its pricing entirely. It's interesting to see that Microsoft went in the complete opposite direction compared to the rumor.

• If you’re an existing online 12-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold member, there’s no price change. If you choose to renew your membership, it will renew at the current price.

• The price of a 1-month Gold membership is increasing $1 USD and the price of a 3-month membership is increasing $5 USD or the equivalent amount in your local market.

• If you’d like to upgrade your Gold membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate your remaining Gold time will also convert directly to Ultimate (up to 36 months). For example, if you have 11 months of Xbox Live Gold now, and you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, those 11 months convert to 11 months of Ultimate at no additional cost.

Members have already been notified in some regions. If you’re in a region where prices are being adjusted, you will receive an email and a message center notification over the next month letting you know what the new pricing is for your membership. Going forward, new pricing will be 1-month for $10.99, 3-months for $29.99, and 6-months for $59.99, or your local market equivalent. You can always visit your account to manage your membership, and prices won’t adjust until at least 45 days after you receive the messages.