- Aug 25, 2020
Microsoft has officially stopped selling 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Plans, possibly hinting at a stronger focus on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or a new service that could be on the way in-time for the launch of Xbox Series X. Microsoft confirmed the change to TrueAchievements, stating that even though the 12-month plan is not being sold "at this time," the 3-month and 1-month plans are still available for purchase. "At this time, Xbox has decided to remove the 12 months Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store." A Microsoft representative said. "Customers can still sign up for a one month or three month Xbox Live Gold subscription online through the Microsoft Store." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/07/16/everything-we-know-about-the-xbox-series-x"] Microsoft gave no further reason as to why it made this change, but earlier this week, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will automatically be entitled to Project xCloud services in September 2020 at no extra cost. Could this mean Microsoft will phase out its Xbox Live Gold plans and put all the focus on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass? [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=confirmed-xbox-series-x-games&captions=true"] Additionally, Microsoft also said that it was stopping production on both the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. While we don't yet know the answer to what all this could mean, more may be revealed at the Xbox Series X First-Party Games Showcase on July 23 or at a future event. There is also a chance Microsoft's new plan for its online service will be revealed during the Xbox Series S (or Project Lockhart) event that is reportedly planned for August 2020. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=23-best-xbox-game-pass-games&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.