Microsoft has announced its intention to put up the price of an Xbox Live Gold subscription come November, in both the US and the UK.
Although we’re actually getting the better end of the deal in the UK. While the price for a month-to-month renewal subscription will be upped from £4.99 to £5.99, the cost of a full year’s online play (and miscellaneous other goodies) will remain the same at £39.99.
In the US, the monthly membership fee has gone up from $7.99 to $9.99, and the yearly fee has been upped from $49.99 to $59.99. Although when you convert that to GBP, it’s still actually a pound cheaper than we pay.
There appear to be two schools of thought on this increase, the first being that Microsoft has never put the price of Xbox Live up before, so this move is to be expected to cover inflation, maintenance costs and so forth.
Still, at least yearly subscribers aren’t affected by the price hike over in this country.