Larry Hryb, Microsoft’s Director of Programming for Xbox Live (and more commonly known as Major Nelson), announced some fairly unwelcome news on his blog today: Come November 1, Xbox Live Gold Subscription prices are increasing.
For all subscription levels in the US and select subscription levels in the UK, Mexico, and Canada, prices increase as follows:
- 1 month: $7.99 -> $9.99
- 3 month: $19.99 -> $24.99
- 12 month: $49.99 -> $59.99
- 1 month: 4.99GBP/$8.99CAD -> 5.99GBP/$9.99CAD
- 12 month: $499 Pesos -> $599 Pesos
Major Nelson was quick to note that any subscription level/country that isn’t listed is not going to experience an increase.
This increase, while not totally unexpected, is a bit disappointing, especially in light of the PlayStation Network’s recent business model (i.e., PSN = free-to-play, PSN+ = added features and bonus content.) While the price certainly won’t make people flock to Sony, it’s hard to shake the voices that scream “free” versus “10 more dollars.” Still, one would hope this increase will fuel some sort of super-service that will come into play when Kinect and Windows Phone 7 roll around, but that’s just wishful thinking at best.
Of course, even this price increase is relative. Amazon and Newegg regularly sell the 12-month card for $40, and, if you pay enough attention to SlickDeals, retailers sometimes sell the 12-month cards for as little as $30. So, keep your eyes open and stock up on the cards now — you’ll save yourself a boatload.