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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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Raven Software investigating Warzone crashes on Xbox One

After Warzone players reported severe “Memory Error” crashes in Warzone, Raven Software confirmed they’re investigating the issue.

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Xbox One Warzone players have been experiencing repeated “Memory Error” crashes in Season 3, and Raven Software has confirmed they’re investigating the issue.

In a surprise Warzone update on May 27, Raven Software finally nerfed Big Bertha trucks in BR Solos, further tweaked the CR-56 AMAX, and gave a significant overhaul to Cold War’s scopes. However, the excitement has somewhat been stifled for Xbox One players as they’ve received repeated crashes since the update.

Either just before or during a match of Warzone, Xbox One players are seeing the “Memory Error” crash and have been booted back to the dashboard and have even reported their Xbox has been turned off. Raven Software confirmed they are investigating the issue.

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In a tweet on May 27, Warzone’s developers said, “We are investigating an issue in Warzone where some Xbox One users may experience a Memory Error crash during gameplay or after finishing a match.”

They accompanied this tweet with a link to their official Trello board, which lets players track all of the known bugs and issues the dev team is working on. Attached to the card are labels stating that the issue is being investigated but “Requires Feedback.”

Raven should be quick to implement a fix for the issue, as players have called the game “unplayable right now.” Twitter user BeasleyB12, who plays on Xbox One S, said, “I have been kicked to the Home Screen or my Xbox has crashed in 5 of 7 Warzone games tonight.”

Although the issue appears to have ramped up after the update, players have reported that this issue has been ongoing for several weeks. Another Xbox One Warzone player, Lauren Machin, said that they cannot get into any games of Verdnask as it “either kicks me out before the game or a minute into a game. It switches my Xbox off! Or takes me back to my home screen.”

With Warzone seeing significant updates weekly, expect the Xbox One’s Memory Error crashes to be solved in the next update.

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When will Warzone’s PS5 & Xbox Series X update release? Next-gen update in development

Warzone devs have confirmed that a PS5 & Xbox Series X update for the game is in development.

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Players looking for an updated version of Call of Duty: Warzone on their PS5 or Xbox Series X|S are in luck. 

While next-gen consoles released at the end of 2020, players who wanted to land in Verdansk and outlast their opponents had to do so on the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the battle royale title. 

That won’t be the case forever though, as Raven Software have confirmed that their team is hard at work on a next-gen update patch for Call of Duty: Warzone.

This patch will bring features to support the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, including support for the consoles’ SSD to allow for faster load times, along with 120HZ support.

Amos Hodge, studio’s Creative Director, told us during a press briefing that Warzone is a ‘live service’ game, and they focused on new content with the Season 3 update. 

Season 3 update includes an overhauled Verdansk map, called Verdansk 84. 

Hodge informed us that Raven has a “dedicated technology team” within their studio working specifically on updating Call of Duty: Warzone’s engine and technology for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War supports both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. The game includes 120HZ support, ray-tracing, and SSD enhancements. It also supports the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller with its adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

The studio also stated that are “investigating” the potential of a FOV slider for Warzone on consoles.

Raven did not provide us with a timeline for when to expect the next-gen update for Call of Duty: Warzone.

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When does GTA V release on PS5 & Xbox Series X?

GTA 5 will be releasing on the PS5 and Xbox Series X marking three generations of GTA V – here’s what we know about its release date so far.

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We’ve known for months that GTA V is getting a PS5 and Xbox Series X remaster, and Rockstar Games has finally announced that the next-gen editions will arrive in November.

Although players are desperately waiting for any news regarding Grand Theft Auto 6, Rockstar is set to keep players ticking over with constant updates to GTA Online and a next-gen upgrade arriving on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

A release date has finally be confirmed, but many details about the game still remain uncertain such as what will change, and if progress will carry over.

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming GTA V and GTA Online next-gen upgrade.

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GTA V on PS5 & Xbox Series X|S release date

In a blog post on May 18, Rockstar Games gave an update on what they have planned for GTA Online and Red Dead Online. However, they also gave a much-anticipated update on Grand Theft Auto V’s remaster.

Rockstar revealed that an enhanced edition of GTA V will release on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 11, 2021.

They have confirmed that the game will release with “new features and more,” which lines up with their previous statement that GTA V remastered won’t be a “simple port.”

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While GTA V has been out for eight years, GTA Online remains insanely popular and continues to receive continuous support. Similar to Red Dead Online, GTA Online will also be releasing as a standalone game on November 11.

As previously annouced by Rockstar, although GTA Online standalone will be available for both consoles, PlayStation 5 players will receive GTA Online standalone for free “during the first three months.” So, you should make sure to claim the standalone version by February 11, 2022.

Rockstar also reiterated that PS4 players can continue to claim $1 million at the start of each month.

Will my GTA Online data carry over?

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Lots of players have invested lots of real cash to fund their GTA Online antics such as buying luxury cars and properties, but will they get to continue this on next-gen?

Early leaks have suggested that players will be able to carry over their data and progress from GTA 5 on the PS4 and Xbox One. But given that there’s an opportunity for Rockstar to make more money, we’ll see if this remains the case.

As for what these graphical improvements will be, and if PC players will receive a similar updated version, we’ll need to wait for more updates from Rockstar Games.

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