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Microsoft Shortens Xbox Game Pass Trials to 14 Days Ahead of Starfield Release

Microsoft has adjusted its Xbox Game Pass trials, shortening the duration from a month to just 14 days. Previously, new subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass were offered a one-month trial for only $1. However, just weeks before the highly anticipated release of Starfield on September 6th, Microsoft made the change to offer a shorter trial period.

This adjustment comes after Microsoft temporarily stopped offering Xbox Game Pass trials to evaluate future marketing promotions. In May, a Game Pass referral program was introduced, allowing users to invite PC friends to try out PC Game Pass for 14 days. This will be beneficial for those who want to experience Starfield, Bethesda's first new IP in 25 years, which has been described as “Skyrim in space.”

The trial changes coincide with recent price increases to Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription has increased from $14.99 to $16.99 per month, while the base Xbox Game Pass for Console pricing has gone up from $9.99 to $10.99 per month. Additionally, Microsoft is discontinuing its Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan on August 15th, and it remains uncertain if this program will return in the future.

As the release of Starfield draws near, it seems that Microsoft is adjusting its Xbox Game Pass offerings to align with its updated pricing structure. This move may affect potential subscribers who were expecting a longer trial period, but it remains to be seen how this will impact the popularity of the subscription services.

– Tom Warren, The Verge
– Mint