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Microsoft joins other publishers in making its first-party titles priced for $70 at launch.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

December 5, 2022

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Microsoft announced its first-party Xbox games on the Xbox Series X|S will be bumped up to $70. Starting in 2023 with Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield, the publisher is following the price hike trend that's begun with the current generation of console games. 

Speaking to IGN, a Microsoft representative explained that the price increase "reflects the content, scale, and technical complexity of these titles. "As with all games developed by our teams at Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass the same day they launch.”

Back in October, Xbox head Phil Spencer vaguely alluded to having to "raise the prices on certain things," but confirmed such raises wouldn't come during the holiday season.

New games have launched at $60 since the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 era, and amidst frequent conversations of a price increase, a hike never came during that generation, or the PlayStation 4/Xbox One era that followed. 

But in 2020, just before the PlayStation 5's release, Sony announced that its first-party titles would now cost $70. Publishers such as 2K, EA, and Ubisoft have since followed suit, with the latter confirming its transition to the new price point would begin with the eventual release of Skull & Bones

Though Game Pass will help alleviate the burn of this price increase, particularly for titles like Starfield, it remains unclear if Microsoft will stop at just games. The day Sony announced it would increase the PS5's price in non-US markets like China and Japan, Microsoft quickly confirmed the Xbox Series X|S consoles wouldn't get a price hike.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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