Microsoft to increase the cost of Xbox Live

Darren Allan

August 31, 2010

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.

On the other hand, folks look across at the PlayStation Network and the fact that it’s free to get online multiplayer with your games on the PS3.

Still, at least yearly subscribers aren’t affected by the price hike over in this country.






 

Comments in chronological order (3 comments)

  1. Darren Forster says:

    I like my X-Box but Microsoft really need to consider making Xbox Live Gold free to compete with the PS3 and not put the price up. Both the Wii and PS3 allow online gaming free of charge but Microsoft still charge which is a really big downside to the console.

  2. Button moon says:

    Why would I pay for online gaming when Pc, PS3 and Wii are all free?

    Apart from Wii are far superior except IWNET who suck for messing with the server choice system.

  3. t johnson says:

    xbox live is a rip off with people cheating and hacks modded this and modded that they dont care just pay up i glad i have just brought ps3 online cost wait for it free

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