The Morning After – Engadget

by Jeremy

Usually, a company releasing news late on a Friday night is a bad sign, but Microsoft went the other way. After starting Friday by awkwardly announcing revised pricing for Xbox Live Gold that would’ve doubled the cost for new Xbox accounts to access multiplayer, it backtracked. Admitting that “We messed up today, and you were right to let us know,” the company announced that not only will pricing not change, but it’s also working on enabling free multiplayer for free-to-play games like Fortnite and Apex Legends and its upcoming title Halo Infinite.

Xbox Series X

There’s no word on how long it will take for the free part of the announcement to turn on, but since that’s already free on PlayStation Network, it can’t come soon enough. Even with the existence of Game Pass, asking $120 annually for new players would’ve made Xbox by far a second-class multiplayer experience for new customers and existing ones.

It’s good that Microsoft reconsidered the move (after shipping $60 6-month Xbox Live cards that now feel like collector’s items), but if it wanted to turn the tide in the console wars, then free multiplayer for all would be a better choice. Hey, they seem to be open to suggestions, so why not ask?

— Richard Lawler

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Ok, but why?

Facebook logout

If you use iOS and still have a Facebook account, you probably got logged out Friday night. In a statement to Engadget, the company said, “We believe this was due to a configuration change” and that they’re looking into it but didn’t provide any more information.

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