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Microsoft Shortens Xbox Game Pass Trials to 14 Days

Microsoft has adjusted its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass trials, reducing them from a month to just 14 days. This change comes just weeks before the release of Starfield, a highly anticipated game. Previously, the trials offered new subscribers a month's access to the subscription services for only $1. However, Microsoft has now shortened the trial period to two weeks.

The decision to modify the trials was made after Microsoft temporarily discontinued the $1 trial for new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers earlier this year. It was then reintroduced last month when Microsoft adjusted the pricing for Xbox Game Pass. The company states that it stopped the trials in order to evaluate different marketing promotions for new members in the future.

In May, Microsoft introduced a Game Pass referral program that allows users to invite PC friends to try out PC Game Pass for 14 days. This program will be particularly useful for those who want to share trials with their friends in preparation for the release of Starfield, a highly anticipated game described as “Skyrim in space.”

The trial period changes follow recent price increases to Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate's monthly subscription fee has risen from $14.99 to $16.99. Similarly, the base Xbox Game Pass for Console pricing has increased from $9.99 to $10.99. Additionally, Microsoft will be discontinuing its Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan on August 15th, and it is unclear whether this program will return in the future.