Update: Microsoft confirms 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription removal was not a mistake

By Sean Carey,
Update: Microsoft has provided TrueAchievements with a statement confirming that the removal of the 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription was not an error.

A Microsoft spokesperson said, "At this time, Xbox has decided to remove the 12 months Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store. Customers can still sign up for a one month or three month Xbox Live Gold subscription online through the Microsoft Store." Unfortunately, the company did not specify the reason why it has decided to delist the 12-month option.

Original Story: Microsoft has removed the 12-month subscription option for its Xbox Live Gold service from the Microsoft Store. The option has seemingly been delisted from every territory the yearly subscription was offered in.


As of yet, we don't know why the 12-month offer has been removed. Both the one month option (at $9.99/£6.99) and three-month offers (at $24.99/£17.99) are still available to purchase. It's possible that this could be some sort of error on Microsoft's behalf, but many customers across the internet are also speculating that Xbox Live Gold will soon be phased out or fully combined with Xbox Game Pass in some way. Currently, it is still possible to purchase 12-month subscriptions from third-parties.

We have reached out to Microsoft for more information. As soon as we hear back, we'll update you.

Microsoft recently announced that it has ceased production for the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital. Only the Xbox One S will still be manufactured and sold. Xbox boss Phil Spencer also revealed that Project xCloud, Xbox's game streaming service, will be bundled in with Xbox Game Pass. Those who have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will not have to pay any extra when xCloud comes to the service in September.

Thanks to Pmalone6 for the news suggestion.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean joined the team as a Staff Writer for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies in 2019. He games across all platforms and is always looking for an excuse to replay any of the Metal Gear Solid titles.