Today Microsoft made huge ripples across the gaming industry when they confirmed they would be raising the price of Xbox Live Gold. It was not met with a positive reception and now Microsoft is returning to the original price and making free-to-play games accessible online without Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft stated: 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. 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. 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. Thank you. This is the best option as Microsoft lost a lot of goodwill with this news. Many saw the price increase as a way to encourage Ultimate Pass subscriptions. Now with the return of the original pricing fans are pleased.