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XBox Live price increase coming November 1st

Ten dollar USD increase coming for yearly subscription.

Published Mon, Aug 30 2010 6:50 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:13 PM CDT
Fans of Xbox Live are soon going to have to dig a little deeper into their pockets to continue playing online. Starting November 1st, Xbox live is getting its first price increase in its eight year history.

XBox Live price increase coming November 1st |

In the United States, one-year Gold memberships are bumping up ten dollars to $59.99 USD. Monthly subscriptions will rise from $7.99 to $9.99, and three month subs will rise from $19.99 to $24.99. Microsoft is running a special deal right now for U.S. customers that will allow them to lock in a year for $39.99 to give them a little buffer before having to pay the higher price.

Other parts of the world will see prices raise as well: Monthly prices are raising in Canada, the U.K., and Mexico. Industry analyst Jesse Divnich said in a statement that "When originally launched in 2002, a Gold subscription cost the same as an AAA video game, $49.99. When taking into account for inflation ($50 in 2002 is roughly $60 in 2010) and the additional services available to Gold subscribers in 2010, such as ESPN, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Video Kinect, a $10 price increase still represents an incredible value to consumers."

An incredible value? Really? I guess I'll continue playing online and accessing most of these services on my PS3 for free. Now that's a value.

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