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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.

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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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PlayStation VR2: Release date, specs, & more

The PlayStation VR2 is Sony’s brand new virtual reality headset which was recently revealed, here are the details.

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PlayStation has unveiled a brand new VR system, sharing details about the specs, controller design, and more.

The last two years have been massive for PlayStation, not only releasing a variety of extremely successful games such as Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank, and Deathloop but also because it released its next generation of consoles with the PS5.

Now consumers have had over a year to sit with the PS5, if you were lucky enough to get one, it’s time for an update for PlayStation’s VR system.

PlayStation VR2 release date

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The PlayStation VR2 is Sony’s second virtual reality system that was recently revealed at CES 2022. Following the reveal, they also posted a blog with all the details, including the specs and controller design.

There is no official information regarding a release date, but we do have some potential leaks that suggest a rough estimate.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a famous Taiwanese Apple analyst from TF International Securities, we could be seeing the PSVR2 as early as Q2 of 2022. Of course, this is just a leak and a prediction from someone in the industry with reliable contacts, so take it with a grain of salt.

The PlayStation VR2 is set to bring the “next generation of VR gaming on the PS5.” This of course suggests that it will only be compatible with the PS5, so for those still on the PS4 looking to upgrade their VR system, you may want to invest in the next-generation console.

PS VR2 Sense Controller

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The new system also comes with new PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers. These look to be a massive upgrade from the PlayStation Move controllers, with an updated design similar to that of the Oculus VR systems.

These controllers will feature the haptic feedback vibration and adaptive trigger technology used in the PS5 Dual Sense controllers. There is also finger touch detection, which allows the controller to “detect your fingers without any pressing in the areas where you place your thumb, index, or middle fingers. This enables you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay.”

PlayStation VR2 specs

One of the biggest appeals that the new PlayStation VR2 will offer players is higher specs and a “single cord set-up.”

The following table shows off the specs for the PlayStation VR2 system, taken from the official reveal blog.

Display method​OLED
Panel resolution​2000 x 2040 per eye
Panel refresh rate​90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separation​Adjustable
Field of View​Approx. 110 degrees
Sensors​Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)​
Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
Cameras​4 cameras for headset and controller tracking​IR camera for eye tracking per eye
Feedback​Vibration on headset
Communication​ with PS5USB Type-C®
Audio​Input: Built-in microphone​Output: Stereo headphone jack

Well, there you have it, that’s all the current information we have on the PlayStation VR2.

For more, make sure you stay tuned to CharlieINTEL as we will be updating this article as new information is announced.

Image Credits: PlayStation

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When is Discord coming to PlayStation? Release date & available consoles

PlayStation players may be wondering when Discord will arrive, here’s information on the release date and consoles it will be available on.

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PlayStation users are eager to find out when exactly the Discord app will be arriving in the Store, which will allow players to connect and chat across various platforms.

Cross-platform availability has become such a huge deal in the gaming industry within the last few years. So many massive multiplayer games such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and even Destiny 2 are all cross-platform, allowing those on PC, Xbox, Playstation, and even Stadia to connect.

Having said that, one of the difficulties of cross-platform is often communication. The preferred form of party chat on PC is Discord, which is also viable on Xbox. Luckily for PlayStation users, a Discord app is on the way.

PlayStation Discord app release date & available consoles

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After a new partnership between Discord and PlayStation was revealed back in May 2021, new information has slowly been coming out about its release date and potential arrival for early 2022.

The latest information from reliable gaming news account Okami13 on Twitter suggests that the collaboration could be happening “soon,” as it was found that “a Discord user was able to unlock the option to link his PlayStation account to Discord.”

Although there is currently no official release date for the app on PlayStation, we expect it to arrive in Q1 of 2022.

For those wondering which PlayStation consoles it will be available on, there has been no official information but we also expect it to be for both PS4 and PS5.

PlayStation Discord app features

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As well as allowing players to connect and chat while playing the same games, the PlayStation Discord app will also allow users to see what games they’re playing.

This is great for those on platforms other than PlayStation, as they will be able to use Discord similarly to how the friends tab on PlayStation and Xbox works. Discord will allow users to share their status, so friends will know if you are available to play.

Further, as Discord acts as a place for various communities and those with the same interests to connect, PlayStation players looking for more friends to play certain games with will be able to use the app to find others to play with.

PlayStation users will no longer be limited to game chat and trying to find friends through the PlayStation Network, opening up the gaming community in general.


As more information about PlayStation’s collaboration with Discord is released, we’ll be updating this article with all the news. For more, check out ten of the most anticipated FPS games coming in 2022.

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Do you need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Warzone is a free-to-play on PlayStation and Xbox, find out whether you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to join the action.

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Warzone Pacific Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus

If you’re playing on one of the next-gen consoles, it’s highly likely you pay for their premium services. For those who don’t, do you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone Pacific? We’ve got everything you need to know.

Warzone is arguably the most popular battle royale out there, with millions of players dropping into Warzone Pacific’s Caldera every day to get their first-person shooter fix. Part of the reason the game is so popular is the fact that it’s free-to-play, meaning you don’t have to pay to jump into the action.

With Warzone Pacific Season 1, now is a great time to hop on Warzone, whether you’re a returning player or new to the game. With that in mind, do you need to buy PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone? We’ve got the answers.

Do you need PlayStation Plus to play Warzone?

Warzone operators in Pacific Caldera

For those on either PS4 or PS5, the good news is that you do not need a PS Plus membership in order to enjoy free-to-play games like Warzone Pacific.

This means you are able to also play the game with friends, in a party chat, without subscribing to PS Plus.

PS Plus costs £50/$60 for a year’s subscription, which is required if you want to play multiplayer in games like Black Ops Cold War or Vanguard. But, if Warzone is the only game you’re interested in, you can save yourself some money.

Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

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Usually, you do not need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone, but there’s currently a bug in Warzone Pacific where you need to have Xbox Live Gold to play.

Warzone’s developers Raven Software are aware of the issue and have listed it on their Trello board as under investigation. The majority of the dev team are on their holiday break, so we expect this issue to be fixed in the New Year.

So, much like PlayStation’s system, Xbox users should soon be able to enjoy Warzone for free without paying for an online membership.

Before April 2021, Xbox players would have had to pay for Xbox Live to play any game on their system. Fortunately, Microsoft listened to the fans and followed in the footsteps of PlayStation, allowing players to enjoy free-to-play games without getting roped into a subscription.


So, there you have it, for those wondering whether they have to pay for these subscriptions on either Xbox or PlayStation just to play Warzone, the answer is no, you do not need Playstation Plus and you’re not supposed to need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone.

So, jump into the action and check out the game-breaking pay-to-win Warzone glitch lets you keep weapons & Perks after death.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision

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