Xbox Game Pass trial period lowered to 14 days from 1 month

People are generally upset about this decision from Microsoft.

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  • Some people think the recent FTC case has something to do with it.
  • Other think Microsoft has lowered the trial period due to Starfield coming to Game Pass.
  • Either way, a lot of people are generally upset. Microsoft hasn't addressed it yet.
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It seems that Microsoft has lowered the Xbox Game Pass trial period to 14 days, from 1 month. Microsoft would usually offer a 30 days trial period on Game Pass, before requiring you to pay for a subscription to the service.

Truth is, the Redmond-based tech giant has been going through a lot of important events these past couple of months. The company was victorious in its battle with FTC, and it has until October to close the deal with Activision-Blizzard. But it hasn’t neglected the Xbox community.

On the contrary, Microsoft managed to fix the old Call of Duty games’ matchmaking servers, and in doing so, it propelled Xbox consoles to the top of the sales charts. Even more, the original Gears of War got the same treatment. Plus, back in June, Microsoft said that over 5000 new games are in development for Xbox.

So it’s safe to say that the Xbox Game Pass is worth it. However, some users are founding it a bit strange. And a bit disappointing, considering Starfield, which is a Microsoft exclusive game and one of the most anticipated titles in recent history, is coming out on Xbox and PCs in less than a month.

Here’s what the people say about the Game Pass trial period being lowered to 14 days

People are generally pretty upset about Microsoft lowering the Game Pass trial period to 14 pass 14 day trial

It’s pretty funny how they’re making all of these changes right before Starfield comes out. They stopped the xbox live gold to game pass 1:1 conversion and now this. As it stands right now Starfield could be the ONLY good xbox exclusive of this entire generation. I guess they plan on milking it for all it’s worth.

It’s clear they don’t want PC players to spend $1 on playing Starfield for a month and then never touch the Xbox app, store or ecosystem ever again.

Seems Microsoft are starting to dial up Game Pass’ barrier to entry, which was expected. They were all about growth, now they have a built-in audience and will try and maximise profit.

Yep. This was always inevitable. GamePass’ price point always seemed unsustainable in the long term. Especially with all of their first party games being added day one. Microsoft has so many developers they need to pay now because of their acquisitions, and I’m not sure they’ll be able to generate enough revenue to make up for the loss of people actually buying games to pay all of them.

However, some people expected a shorter Game Pass trial period, due to the Activision deal, and Starfield coming out.

They’re closing up all the major loopholes before Starfield & ABK. Can’t blame them.

What’s your take on this whole situation? Let us know in the comments section below.

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