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Xbox to raise game prices to $70 USD in 2023

At least we got some warning?

Xbox will raise the price of select current-gen first-party games to $70 USD next year, matching price points set by the likes of Sony, 2K and more.

“We’ve held on price increases until after the holidays so families can enjoy the gift of gaming,” a Microsoft spokesperson said of the price hike.

“Starting in 2023 our new, built for next-gen, full-priced games, including Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield, will launch at $69.99 USD on all platforms.

“This price 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.”

Local pricing hasn’t been confirmed as yet, but we expect it around the $120 – $125 AUD mark. We’ll update this story as we learn more.

What do you make of Xbox’s price hike? Xbox head Phil Spencer warned us of such a move back in October of this year.

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