“Disappointing, but Not Unexpected”- Fans Express Distaste as Microsoft’s Xbox Announce Massive Raise in the Price of All First-Party Games in 2023

In the gaming world, Microsoft’s Xbox is one of the biggest and most influential names in the console market. It has a dominant presence in the industry, rivaled only by Sony’s PlayStation and Japan’s Juggernaut Nintendo Switch.


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Microsoft’s gaming console has long been one of the forerunners of the industry. Their innovation in gaming hardware and development plays an important role in the development of the modern gaming scene. Xboxes thinking about the consumer approach is also a remarkable feature of the company.


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But that reputation has become somewhat lax lately, as the gaming giant has announced that they plan to increase the prices of their first-party games. Some of the biggest upcoming titles will be the first to reflect these changes.

Microsoft’s plans for Xbox first-party game pricing

At the beginning of the year 2023, first-party games developed for the Xbox Series X|S will see a price increase. This includes major titles such as Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield. All of these games cost around $70 at launch. This is almost a $10 hike compared to the standard. Prices are also subject to variation depending on the region.


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This was reported by a spokesperson for Microsoft IGNTits price reflects the content, scope and technical complexity of these titles.” They also added, As with all games developed by our teams at Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass the same day they launch.” Getting these games primarily from the Game Pass subscription could become a significant choice for fans in the coming year.

Phil Spencer Xbox One Family of Devices E3 2017
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, discusses the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images)

This change in the prices of first-party games isn’t terribly surprising, as Microsoft Gaming and Xbox head Phil Spencer once had mentionI do think that at some point we will have to raise the prices for certain things.The head of Xbox revealed the reasoning behind it:We held the price on our console, we held the price on games and our subscription. I don’t think we can do that forever.

Xbox isn’t the only game publisher to announce increases in their game prices in the coming years. Sony, Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive had that too revealed that they will be distributing their games for a $70 price tag in the near future.

Fans gave their honest reaction to this announcement

Fans were not very happy with this walk. Some of them aggressively criticized the game publisher, while some accepted the change in exchange for good quality games.


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What is your opinion on this price hike by Microsoft? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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