Microsoft Announces New PlayFab Pricing

Posted on October 21, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Games, Mobile gaming, PC gaming, Xbox with 5 Comments

Microsoft’s PlayFab managed game services now offer a new Pay-as-you-Go plan with no minimum monthly commitment.

“This plan is ideal for new titles where projecting future usage is hard to forecast,” Microsoft’s James Gwertzman explains. “As your title grows, you can easily upgrade your plan at any time to the PlayFab Standard or PlayFab Premium plans, both of which offer significant cost savings in return for certain monthly minimums.”

For those unfamiliar, PlayFab is a set of Azure-hosted, managed game services that are, in Microsoft’s words, device, network, and platform agnostic. It provides multiplayer services with matchmaking and cross-network identity capabilities, LiveOps services for running your game as a service, and various data analytic services with real-time and compliance capabilities.

Microsoft recently transitioned the PlayFab pricing model from monthly average user (MAU)-based pricing to usage-based pricing, and it dramatically reduced the cost of its PlayFab Party capabilities. So this new pricing model provides yet another option for game makers, and Microsoft has a new Plan Recommendation calculator so you can figure out which plan makes the most sense for your needs.

For more information about the various PlayFab plans, you can visit the PlayFab pricing site.

Join the discussion!

BECOME A THURROTT MEMBER:

Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Register
Comments (5)

5 responses to “Microsoft Announces New PlayFab Pricing”

  1. blue77star

    Makes you wonder how many different ways all these companies will come up to milk the money out of people.

    • spiderman2

      In reply to blue77star:

      don't need it? don't use it...easy


      and think that apple milk people without even need to think about new different ways

      • hellcatm

        In reply to spiderman2:
        The pure apple user is a special kind of lemming that will buy anything they make. If apple made a toilet that every time it was flushed the user had to pay $1,00 they'd buy it and happily pay the money and say "Its the best toilet ever".


    • mtsmedly

      In reply to blue77star:

      This isn't a consumer service. If you're making a game, it's useful as you don't have to develop the back-end for multiplayer connectivity. This is about helping game developers leverage technologies Microsoft developed with Xbox and use them on any game/platform.

    • chaad_losan

      In reply to blue77star:

      You do realize that this is for game developers? Riiight? Amazon has a similar set of tools as well.