Widely reported by a number of news outlets, and initially thought to be mere speculation, it has now been confirmed that Microsoft has discontinued its 12-month subscription of Xbox Live Gold.
This change was confirmed by Microsoft via TrueAchievements, confirming that 12-month access to Xbox Live Gold is no longer being sold. Microsoft, did confirm, however, that the 3-month and 1-month plans are still available for purchase. Microsoft went on to say:
“At this time, Xbox has decided to remove the 12 months Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store.” A Microsoft representative said. “Customers can still sign up for a one month or three month Xbox Live Gold subscription online through the Microsoft Store.”
The big question is whether or not this is an indicator that Microsoft is phasing out its Xbox Live Gold SKU altogether for something else, perhaps its extremely popular Xbox Live Game Pass Ultimate?
Remaining Supplies of Xbox Live Gold 12-Month Digital Subscriptions on Amazon
Those of you who are still interested in picking up a 12-month plan, you can still find it on Amazon here for the current price of $59.99 as of the date and time of this posting.
It is unclear how long this will last so stock up while you can!