Xbox Live Price Increase Coming Nov 1

Xbox Live Gold subscribers might want to renew before November 1, when the price of a yearly subscription to the service jumps $US10 in North America.

Kotaku AU Note: Microsoft has told us no price rise is planned for Australia.

According to a post on Major Nelson's blog, after eight years of Xbox Live at the $US50 a year price point, the service is finally seeing a price hike. Starting on November 1, a one-year Gold subscription to Xbox Live will run $US59.99, versus the current price of $US49.99. One-month subscriptions will jump from $US7.99 to $US9.99, while three-month subs will rise from $US19.99 to $US24.99.

Other regions will be seeing increases as well. In the UK, the price of one month will jump from £4.99 to £5.99. The price of a month in Canada rises a dollar to $US9.99. Finally, a one-year subscription in Mexico rises from 499 to 599 pesos.

Microsoft is running a special deal right now for North American customers, allowing them to lock in a year at $US39.99, $US20 less than the new rate. For details, visit the deal website.

Jesse Divnich, with industry analyst EEDAR, sent out a statement accompanying the news, insuring consumers that $US60 is still "incredible value".

"When originally launched in 2002, a Gold subscription cost the same as an AAA video game, $US49.99. When taking into account for inflation ($US50 in 2002 is roughly $US60 in 2010) and the additional services available to Gold subscribers in 2010, such as ESPN, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Video Kinect, a $US10 price increase still represents an incredible value to consumers."

Whether or not $US60 a year is an incredible value is ultimately up to consumers. What say you, consumers?

Price change for Xbox LIVE Gold subscription [Major Nelson]


    It was never worth paying for to start with.

    As a consumer I say I'm damned glad there's ebay stores that sell 12 month subscription cards for au$50

      As a PS3 user I say I'm damned glad I am a PS3 user.

    hahahahah i don't need to pay moneys to play on the interbutz cause i use a pc

    While I enjoy having Xbox Live, I'm certainly not going to pay more than what it already is for a sub-standard version of the service. Half of the functionality touted by Jesse Divnich isn't even available to Australian subscribers, nor is the Indie Marketplace.

    Sounds like I'll be hitting up eBay from now on for my subscriptions. have increased their prices by $10 already (on the 12 months, I don't know about the 1 or 3 months).

    12 months were $48.90 when I found out about gamecard, then it went up to $49.80 in April, $50.80 in June, $50.70 in July, $50.50 as of a day or 2 ago, now its $59.95.

    Also, the site is saying that the 1 & 12 months are out of stock. That's a first.

      Wow, that's so low. This price change isn't even affecting us according to the damned article.

      "Again, the only subscription packages impacted are those mentioned above. For instance, the 12m UK Price? Not affected since it is not mentioned above. "

    Pity that a lot of those services aren't available to Australians.

    "Whether or not $US60 a year is an incredible value is ultimately up to consumers. What say you, consumers?"

    I'd say "incredible value" is where we get the same service for free on the PSN. Which we've had since it launched, and will continue to have for the forseeable future. But hey, Microsoft love ripping people off and people seem to love letting them.
    Everybody loses.

    A ten dollar increase in eight years.

    That's down right amazing, and damn near unheard of.
    People need to man up and quit their crying, they've had a good run...

    There has been no price increase since 2003 - inflation has caused the cost of business to go up, par for course I say.
    No increase in Australia is good for us but regardless, whinging about $5 a month (based on gamecard prices which is where I get mine)is pathetic - everyone here would spend more than that on lunch.

    They can rise AU prices when they change TV content to more than ZERO shows.

      Sam, I'm trying to help you here!

    As a developer I have to agree with the majority of the Xbox live population. I feel we are all getting ripped off....

    I've lately been playing CoD: Black Ops online and majority of the times finding my online experience somewhat below par. It's laggy, sometimes I have a good connection, but majority of the times its crap.

    Then I compared it to my PS3, not much difference but I didn't get all the disconnections like Xbox live... so I thought why the hell am I paying for this s***?

    All this value adding crap makes no sense at all; why not create a subscription for users who only play games? I know what MS are trying to do I read it in their article of what they perceived their system is going to be in the future.

    But all this integrated products for a ridiculous price is unjustified when PS3 are doing it for free (online multiplayer) and I believe that most Xbox live users will agree. They just want a cheap affordable account to play online!

    Heck after they finish the game, they'll make you more revenue by buying a new game... wake up MS, the only reason your still in the gaming arena is because of your loyal xbox live users!

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