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Microsoft changes course: Xbox Live Gold price to remain unchanged

In a stunning move, Microsoft has doubled the cost of Xbox Live Gold in a move that pushes players to the Game Pass Subscription.

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UPDATE: Following extensive backlash from fans and personalities alike, Microsoft has announced that they are pulling a 360: the Xbox Live Gold Price will not be changed going forward.

In an upeate on the Xbox Wire, the company says “we messed up today and you were right to let us know.”

Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.

If you are an Xbox Live Gold member already, you stay at your current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for the same prices they pay today. In the US, $9.99 for 1-month, $24.99 for 3-months, $39.99 for 6-months and $59.99 for retail 12-months.

Taking it a step further, the company also announced that they will be removing the Xbox Live Gold requirement to play free to play games on their platform, including Call of Duty: Warzone. This change will happen in the “coming months” and details will be announced soon.

We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience. For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.

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Microsoft has doubled the price of the Xbox Live Gold Subscription in an effort to get players to switch to an Xbox Game Pass Subscription.

In the XboxOne subreddit, users earlier today posted images of retail 6 month Xbox Live Gold subscription cards. The cards were priced at 59.99 USD; up $20 from the original $40 price tag. For reference, an entire year of Xbox Live used to be $59.99, before Microsoft discontinued yearly subscriptions.

This also affects 3-month and 1-month subscriptions as well, putting the $9.99 and $24.99 subscription plans up to $10.99 and $29.99 respectively. The price rise reflects a $1 increase for a month to month subscription and a $4 increase for a 3-month subscription.

This means if you plan to buy Xbox Live Gold for a year, your subscription will come out to $120, or double the old price. The move is clearly a marketing ploy by Microsoft to get players to change to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is priced at the same $120 yearly rate.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate currently includes Xbox Live Gold Subscription, along with access for PC Game Pass.

Xbox Series X and PS5

Microsoft: Game Pass, or bust

Microsoft’s Game Pass is, without a doubt, one of the best deals in gaming. For the price of two fully priced games, players can get access to a large library of 100+ games to play on demand. This library is constantly updated with games, while also receiving all first-party Xbox games the day of release.

This means games like Halo and Gears of War are available to all Game Pass users for no additional charge day-one of release – alongside any other games that come from Microsoft owned studios.

This will also most likely be the case for Bethesda games moving forward, since Microsoft’s pricy acquisition of the studio in September 2020.

Regardless of all the benefits, Microsoft will most likely anger consumers with this move. Game Pass is essentially being forced on all Xbox users, and now the Xbox Live Gold subscription price has also been steeply raised to make it unattractive when compared to game pass.

Worst of all, Xbox is still the only platform that requires a subscription to play free-to-play titles online, which means players who strictly play titles like Fortnite, may reconsider their options when selecting a new game system.

This price hike shouldn’t affect existing Xbox Live Gold members until they renew their membership.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Firebase Z Cold War Zombies map unplayable for many Xbox players

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Several Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One players are unable to play the new Firebase Z Zombies map in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War due to errors.

The latest patch update for Black Ops Cold War went live on February 4 with the brand new Firebase Z zombies map experience. Firebase Z is the first post launch Zombies map for Cold War.

Upon completing the installation of the new patch update, some Xbox players are unable to access Firebase Z. Players are being met with a “Downloadable content install” required alert when attempting to access Firebase Z playlists.

Xbox players are sharing images of their download list with Zombies listed as installed, while some are stuck on partially installed with no other options to download more packs.

Treyarch has yet to acknowledge the issue for Xbox players. It’s not mentioned on the Support Channels or on their Trello board, as of now.

A potential fix might be reinstalling the Zombies Content data pack or completely reinstalling the entire game onto your console to play.

We’ll update if we learn more from Treyarch.

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How to add friends on PS5

Finding your friends is surprisingly difficult on the new PlayStation system. Here’s a guide on how to add friends on the PS5.

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Confused about how to add friends on your PlayStation 5? Don’t worry, we were too. Here’s how.

The PlayStation 5 is getting into the hands of more players each day, and many are turning on their brand new systems to find a not-so-familiar interface.

When we first set up our PlayStation 5, we were impressed by the new home screen and the variety of settings. Unfortunately, we were among the masses of players confused about how to add friends. We were expecting to find a simple “Add Friend” button or even a “Friends list” area but were surprised that this wasn’t the case.

The PlayStation 5 instead uses a new interface called the “Game Base” and navigating it is as confusing as ever for new users. So to save you some time, here’s how you can add more friends on the PS5.

  • 1. Press the PlayStation button on your controller.
  • 2. Navigate to the Game Base area on the hotbar and select it.
  • 3. Hit the options button.
  • 4. Select “Go to Game Base”
  • 5. Switch to the “Search Tab”
  • 6. Search for your friend’s PSN ID.
  • 7. Select their profile when you find it.
  • 8. Hit the “Add Friend” button on their profile.

There you have it! You can now add friends on PS5. It’s a surprisingly complicated process across multiple menus, which is abnormal for a game system. Hopefully, Sony changes this in a future update to the console.

Please note if you cannot add a friend, they may have a privacy setting blocking the ability for players to add them, which means they’ll have to toggle off the setting or add you instead.

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MLB The Show to be the first PlayStation Studios game released on Xbox

MLB The Show 21 is now the first PlayStation Studios game to be released on both the PlayStation and Xbox platform at launch.

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MLB The Show 21 has been announced to be the first PlayStation Studios game released on Xbox, and support console crossplay.

A surprise announcement came from the official PlayStation Twitter today, February 1, 2021, alongside a trailer for MLB The Show 21, coming to current-gen Xbox consoles.

The Tweet confirmed the cover athlete for this year’s iteration, Fernando Tatis Jr, and disclosed the plans to also release the game on Xbox Series S and X alongside the PlayStation 4 and 5. You can watch the trailer below.

MLB The Show will also support cross-platform play between the Xbox and PlayStation consoles. In addition to this, players will get cross-platform progression, which means you’ll keep all your progress regardless of which platform you play on.

This means if you hop from Xbox to PlayStation, you’ll still be able to progress the same account.

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Game Editions

MLB the show will launch with three separate editions, being the Standard Edition, Next-Gen Edition, and Collectors Edition. Here’s what they all include:

  • Standard Edition
    • Available on current generation consoles for $59.99 USD.
    • MLB The Show Game
    • 5,000 Stubs
  • Next-Gen Edition
    • Available on next-generation consoles for $69.99 USD.
    • MLB The Show Game
    • 5,000 Stubs
    • 10 The Show Packs
  • Collectors Edition
    • This Will be announced February 3, 2021. This edition is expected to include a cross-generation game for players who are interested in having a copy for both the PlayStation 4 & 5, or Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Players who pre-order MLB The Show 21 on the Microsoft Store or PlayStation Store digitally will also be granted an exclusive Gold Choice Pack on launch.

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