Xbox Series X|S: Microsoft will raise game prices to $70 in 2023

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Microsoft will raise the prices of its first-party games for the Xbox Series X|S (test) in 2023 from the current $60 to $70 in the future, like the company confirmed to the IGN website. The first games to be affected by this price increase are Forza Motorsport and Starfield.

Playing on the Xbox will be more expensive

How Microsoft as part of the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase announced in June this year, Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios have at least 25 new titles in development for 2023, including big names like Diablo 4, Starfield, Redfall, Forza Motorsport, and other games from Activision Blizzard and Bethesda.

This price reflects the content, scope and technical complexity of these titles.

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According to Microsoft, these games will cost 70 US dollars in the future on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Xbox One series game consoles. To date, the company has been charging players $60 for its first-party titles.

As with all games developed by our teams at Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass the same day they launch.

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While Microsoft has indicated that pricing may vary by region, it has not yet provided any specific information for other countries outside the US. In Germany, Microsoft's AAA games such as the large open-world racing game Forza Horizon 5 (test) cost 69.99 euros in the Standard Edition “>Not only Microsoft asks players to pay

Microsoft, which, in the person of Phil Spencer, who is head of entertainment and games at Microsoft, has announced that it will increase prices “not before the 2023 holiday season,” isn't the only game developer asking players to pay more in the future On the Microsoft side, the forthcoming However, the price increase was already announced in October.

We've held price on our console, we've held price on games, and our subscription. I don't think we'll be able to do that forever. I do think at some point we'll have to raise some prices on certain things.

Phil Spencer, Business Executive and CEO of Microsoft Gaming

The full price for AAA games have been steady at $60 since the Xbox 360 era, before that most games were $50. Due to factors such as increased development costs and a global economic situation with persistent inflation, 70 US dollars is the next logical step for many companies.

The price increase announced for 2023 for first-party games on Xbox, is expected to carry over to PC.