Xbox LIVE Seeing Price Hikes To Cover Extra Content

Enjoying your Xbox LIVE subscription? Exactly how much are you enjoying it? We only ask because starting November 1st, it will cost you even more to maintain it. For the first time since Xbox LIVE's inception, Microsoft is being forced to raise prices for members in Canada, Mexico, the UK and the United States.

The price increases aren't huge, but they're notable. The 1 month Gold subscription is creeping up from $7.99 to $9.99, the 3 month Gold is going up from $19.99 to $24.99, and the 1 year Gold subscription is being raised from $49.99 to $59.99. We're sure that a lot of members will be upset, but Microsoft actually sells the increase pretty well. Here's a quote from Major Nelson:

"Since launching Xbox LIVE in 2002 we have continually added more content and entertainment experiences for our members, while keeping the price the same. We’re confident that when the new pricing takes effect, an Xbox LIVE Gold membership will continue to offer the best value in the industry."

Also, if you want to lock in your current price, you can do so be renewing prior to November 1st. We suspect this is just the first of a few hikes to come, but it's hard to expect more content and more options without paying more. Of course, Sony's PlayStation Network is still free to access (yet some things are purchasable), and Nintendo simply doesn't offer anything that rivals Xbox LIVE. So, are you sticking with Microsoft, or will you let your subscription lapse when the time comes?
Via:  Major Nelson
inspector 4 years ago

Those sony ps fans are going to be talking trash on this :D lol. They kept saying how xbox live had to be paid for now how they increase the price on us while psn is FREE... :)

AKwyn 4 years ago

Nah, It's just because Xbox Live has more content now but at least they'll be able to brag on how they're able to play for free on the internet without paying.

acarzt 4 years ago

What is all this extra content their talking about??? You have to pay for everything on live. You don't get anything for free.

Stupid Microsoft. They should be offering this for free! You're doing it wrong!

fat78 4 years ago

is it porn? if not can it be porn? lol

Nethersprite 4 years ago

fat78, haven't you heard the saying that there's a sick fetish for everything, especially on the Internet? I'll bet there are some people viewing this site, looking at the HH logo, and saying, "oh, Marco, brand me with it!" :P

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