Microsoft backtracks on Xbox Live Gold price hike

Microsoft has announced a price hike recently that would have multiplied the expense of a yearly subscription to the help, which is needed to play games around online on Xbox consoles, to $120 for some clients. Microsoft has switched its disputable Xbox Live price increment. Presently, however, Microsoft says the cost will remain the equivalent.  
Microsoft has chosen to align Xbox Live with Nintendo and Sony’s online services beyond that by dropping the subscription need for free-to-play games.

Microsoft backtracks on Xbox Live Gold price increase after backlash


In recent years, the focus and main goal of Microsoft have been on Xbox Game Pass, which an Ultimate level that includes access to Xbox Live Gold. At the same time, a great value for many players is provided from Game Pass, the Gold price increments put on a show of being an attempt to poke individuals into for the more expensive service.


Popular free-to-play titles such as Fortnite can play on PlayStation consoles and, without an online subscription Nintendo Switch, however, you actually need one for Xbox consoles. Microsoft states that it’s working hard to convey this change at the earliest opportunity in the coming months.
Microsoft’s full statement reads on a blog post that interfacing and playing with friends is an imperative part of gaming and the company failed to meet assumptions for players and so they’ve chosen not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.


Microsoft added further that this moment would be changed into an opportunity to align Xbox Live more with how they see the player at the experience center, and you won’t require an Xbox Live Gold membership any longer for free-to-play games.


According to the post, if you already consist an Xbox Live Gold member, the renewal price will remain the same. New and existing individuals can keep on appreciating Xbox Live Gold for the same cost as today. In the US, $59.99 for retail 12-months, $39.99 for 6-months, $24.99 for 3-months, and $9.99 for 1-month.


No surprise that the initial announcement was so poorly received, however reversal is good news for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who don’t find their interest in Xbox Game Pass, and even better for individuals who use free-to-play games.

Intel is replacing CEO next month

On February 15th, Bob Swan, CEO of Intel, is resigning from the position, Intel has announced itself. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will be coming as a replacement. Two years back, in January 2019, Swan was named permanent CEO of Intel. At first, in June 2018, he took on an interim basis after the resignation of Brian Krzanich, Intel’s previous CEO.                                                                                
Intel is confronting restored competition across its portfolio. Gelsinger worked at Intel for a very long time, around 30 years, and now he will step into the CEO job at a critical time for the chipmaker. When Apple reported it would progress its Mac lineup away from Intel’s processors, Intel sustained a serious blow a year ago as apple decluttered to looks toward Apple’s own Arm-based designs.

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Then, at the end of last year, the first Macs based on Apple’s processors were launched to an immensely positive reaction. Meanwhile, Intel is also encountering competition from the latest Zen processors’ resurgent AMD, which proposes competitive performance for professionals and gamers in both laptops and desktop PCs. According to reports, on news of Gelsinger’s appointment, Intel’s stock was up around 10 percent.


Additionally, the company announced in April 2019 that it was leaving the 5G phone modem market after Qualcomm and Apple royalties dispute and longstanding patent infringement. Intel this way sold most of its smartphones modem business for $1 billion to Apple.


According to a report before its official announcement, Swan had confronted criticism as it had an extensive financial background instead of a technical one. Swan served as eBay’s chief financial officer before working at Intel and has worked at the investment firm General Atlantic.
Omar Ishrak, Intel’s independent board chair, said in a statement that the board is confident that Pat, along with the remainder of the initiative group, will guarantee strong execution of Intel’ strategy to create its product authority and take benefits of huge chances ahead as it keeps on changing from a CPU to a multi-design XPU company.

Cyberpunk 2077’s Major Update Coming Soon

Continuing Cyberpunk 2077’s disastrous launch, CD Projekt Red has announced that it’s going to release the first update within the upcoming 10 days, including major and more significant updates. A Cyberpunk 2077 related video was delivered today, and in this video, Marcin Iwinski, co-founder, gave a mea culpa to players and added that for the game’s faulty release, the board members, including him, are the final decision-makers.

Iwinski said, that please, don’t blame any of our groups for what occurred.
On December 10th, 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 was launched with prompt issues. Mostly critics, console players, especially those playing on the older generations, praised the game’s PC launch that further ran into frame rate issues, widespread bug, and more.


Iwinski said that there were great reviews on PC, the Cyberpunk 2077’s console version did not fulfill the quality standard that they wanted it to be; he and the whole initiative group are deeply sorry for this. Iwinski highlighted the enormous scope of the game and the developer’s grave underestimations of what quality will be required to match vision to reality, as well as the troubles of working from home because of COVID. He said that they truly accepted they would release in the last days.


Sony pulled Cyberpunk from the PlayStation Store one week after the game was released and started offering refunds. Over the disastrous launch, an investor sued CD Projekt Red, and you can now purchase the game’s PC version for half-off.

On its official site, CD Projekt Red outlined concerns in an FAQ. In reflection to the quality gap between the older-generation consoles and PC version of the game, the developer said that it built the work harder for themselves with the first need of making the game look epic on PCs and then working on how it’ll adjust its left to consoles — especially if the console is old-gens. The developer added that was their center assumption, and things didn’t look excessively troublesome in starting; while they realized the ultimately hardware gap, time proved that they’d underestimated the task.


Going ahead, CD Projekt Red says that it is focused on fixing crashes and bugs and will proceed to work and enhance the game through future updates to ensure users are enjoying the game paying rather than the platform.


Concerning the game’s return to digital storefronts, the developer says that it is trying to fixes and working on updates and are working with Sony so that Cyberpunk 2077 would be taken back to PlayStation Store soon.

ESPN Plus raises annual subscription price

This price is set to be $59.99 in 2021 for an annual subscription.

ESPN+ Costs $4.99 per Month for a Ton of Sports — and Limited Ads - Variety

The current price for an annual subscription for ESPN Plus subscribers is $49.99 which soon is going to increase $59.99 for the year 2021, according to a report fromVariety. From January 8th, 2021, new subscribers will require to pay $59.99 and a few months later in March for existing subscribers, the new cost will reportedly trickle down.

Earlier the year of 2020, ESPN increased the monthly price to $5.99 for ESPN Plus and presently, the annual subscription is receiving the similar treatment. Disney had already reported that beginning in March 2021, the company’s bundle of DisneyPlus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, and Disney Plus separately would each cost $1 additionally, increasing those costs to $13.99 and $8.99, respectively.

In January, a change will also be coming on the pricing for UFC pay-per-view events of ESPN Plus. Presently, every match price $64.99 to watch; however, it will change to $69.99 after January 8th.

Streaming value climbs have been a theme of 2020; YouTube TV increased its cost, Fubo didn’t wait so long after, Hulu’s Live TV service got a cost knock, and Netflix increased the expense of its most famous streaming plan by $1 as well.

In the US, UFC pay-per-view matches are exclusive to ESPN Plus; therefore, the cost change will influence any individual who regularly stays up with MMA. Outside the US, the matches availability shifts relying upon the region; however, the official UFCsite has the most upgraded data.

This year, there are some new ESPN Plus exclusives are also coming; however, the greatest get from ESPN is streaming rights to Southeastern Conference football, which in 2021 will carry SEC games to the streaming service. We’ll need to check whether these are sufficient for existing subscribers of stick around. These sorts of streaming service cost getting increase aren’t abnormal, and in case it provides some knowledge into ESPN and confidence of Disney in their service.

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