Microsoft discontinues 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription option

Microsoft no longer offers 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription, leading to an unclear future for the service.

Xbox Live logo (old)
Xbox Live logo (old)

Microsoft has officially stopped selling the 12-month subscription option of Xbox Live Gold at the Microsoft Store, but the company will continue to offer the one and three-month options as reported by Eurogamer.

The move to remove the subscription option also leads to speculate that the service could eventually be retired or reworked for the Xbox Series X, which is expected to launch later in 2020.

Although the company didn’t announce the change, it did confirm that the discontinuation of the one-year Xbox Live Gold subscription option was not an accident.

“At this time, Xbox has decided to remove the 12 months Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store,” a Microsoft spokesperson said to TrueAchievements. “Customers can still sign up for a one month or three-month Xbox Live Gold subscription online through the Microsoft Store.”

The timing of the news aligns with other changes that Microsoft has been making around its gaming platform, including its xCloud gaming streaming service becoming a perk as part of the Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscription (starting September 2020), and terminating production of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

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