Xbox LIVE subscriptions will rise this November

Microsoft has recently announced that membership fees for Xbox LIVE will be raised on November 1, 2010. The increase will affect LIVE members in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico. Xbox LIVE members in the United States will see an increase for the Gold one-month, three- month and twelve-month plans. Under the new pricing scheme, a one-month membership will cost $9.99 (previously $7.99). A three-month plan will cost $24.99 (previously $19.99). And a twelve-month plan will cost $59.99 (previously $49.99).

For Xbox LIVE members in the UK, the subscription increase will only affect the one-month Gold membership plan, which will cost 5.99 GBP (previously 4.99 GBP). Membership costs for a one-month Gold plan in Canada will rise to $9.99 CAD (previously $8.99 CAD). Meanwhile, the cost of a twelve-month Gold membership for Xbox LIVE in Mexico will cost 599 Pesos (previously 499 Pesos).

“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,” says Lawrence Hyrb (aka Major Nelson), the director of programming for Xbox LIVE.

Microsoft is offering a limited-time deal for customers who want to renew their subscription before the price change on November 1. The sale gives you a 12-month Gold membership for $39.99, which is $10 less than the current cost of a one-year membership.

Aug 30, 2010

Source: Major Nelson blog

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  • Raiden145 - October 21, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    @elpurplemonkey --- very true men DIS IS AN ADVICE TO ALL X-BOX USER LEAVE YUR X-BOX BUY A PS3 AND HERE'S WHAT U GET 1. FREE ONLINE "ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD" - not like x-box some regions are fucking blocked 2. FREE APLLICATIONS AND SERVICES! -"like the world news" "photo's services" , video services , fast online services like psn and playstation store, FREE themes and oetc. 3. EVERY LITTLE THING IS NOT OBLIGED YUR FREE TO BUY OR NOT , YOUR FREE TO NEGLECT OR ACCEPT - like the protection plans and ps plus! 4. PLAYSTATION HOME IS A GREAT COMMUNITY AND YOUR LITERALLY FREE TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT HARASS OR DO SOMTHING DISTURBING 5. THERE NO FUCKING FEES IN THEIR SERVICES!!!!!!!! & lastly ps has a great game lineups! unlike x-box REPEATATIVE games (FUCKING HALO! 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 INFINITE always repeating the same franchise!)EWWW unlyke psn they finish a great game in only 1 or 3 sequels like GOW 1 2 3 finished! uncharted 1&2 FINISHED! I"M NOT A FANBOY I:"M JUST FEELING AND SEEING THE TRUTH PSN ROCKS X_BOX SUCKS DICK!
  • Raiden145 - October 21, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    BOOOOOO!!! good thing i got 2 months left i'm just hangin on my x-box because of it now that i have pa ps3 and have a ton of games I"M NOT GOING BACK TO X-BOX FOREVER DIE MICROSOFT DIE now you'll surely lost a lot of costumers and potential costumers ahhahahah gud luck with the price hike
  • PolarBearsInHeat - October 12, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    It's been the same price for 7 years. US is getting ESPN on demand in the subscription too. I'd pay ten bucks for that
  • GioAllDay - September 1, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    @D0CCON u got a point man and for batman57 something u cant super size any more not every since the documentary about it
  • thefallenoneoneseven - August 31, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    For all of those saying "oh its only $10 a month" its not the fact that its going up by $10 its the fact that most people (including me)dont even use half of the features xbox is bringing. It is disturbing that I am now going to be paying for someone else's enjoyment rather than my own. I will continue to pay for my subscription, but i would like to see some more features that We as a community will use and not a couple of hundred of people will use.
  • avantguardian - August 31, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    i just want to add that $10 is the cost of ONE pair of drumsticks at my local music's about what things are worth to YOU...
  • avantguardian - August 31, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    like many have said,there are multitudes of ways to get it cheaper, but aside from that, playstation plus isn't that different, free psn SUCKS BALLS...i find it to be live is just a much better service...i gladly pay for that... shit goes up in price - deal with live in capitalist society - deal with it... the price of gas goes up, the price of food goes up...the dollar sucks...etc... do you like it? of course you still buy all this shit? of course you do... it's less than a dollar more a with it...
  • xpert434 - August 31, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    what about an extra 1 month or 3 month card you havent used yet
  • Jbo87 - August 31, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    Abe504 has said all that needs saying really. I don't know who buys their Xbox live subscriptions direct from Microsoft but I never have and never will as its cheaper to get them from, literally, anywhere else.
  • elpurplemonkey - August 31, 2010 6:25 a.m.

    Batman5273, I couldn't disagree with you more. The fact that we spend money on other products without thinking twice has nothing to do with being charged $10 more for Live. This is about being charged extra, without being given anything extra. A better comparison would be being charged $10 a month more for your cable or internet. Yes you'd still pay it- but if nothing new was given to you, or nothing was being improved, then you'd have every right to be pissed. Some of the other comments here have said that Live has gotten improvements like NXE, Netflix and ESPN that justify the increase. I thought we already paid for those with our subscription fees? And you have to pay for Netflix apart from Live, so that hardly counts. Our subscriptions combined with all those ads were supposed to be paying for the improvements we've gotten. And now they turn around and tell us that we have to give them more- a 20% increase to be exact- for more improvements (kinect, espn) that no one wants? Are you fucking kidding me Microsoft? It is taxation without representation- and it's not even so much about the money as it is about the principal of the thing. You are getting screwed.
  • TheIronMaiden - August 31, 2010 6:01 a.m.

    o well I cancelled my live account anyway. psn is free.
  • TheSugarRay - August 31, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    I got an email from Microsoft this morning about this. Playing PC until Halo comes out anyway.
  • BlackElement17 - August 31, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    I can't say I'm happy about this.
  • electricsheep - August 31, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    The extra money is going to activision.
  • Xelus - August 31, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    I hope someone hacks major nelsons bank account next instead of his xbox live account, fuck microsoft the greedy cunts!
  • TheCakeIsaPie - August 31, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    @Foxden: You, sir, are a scholar and gentlemen.
  • Abe504 - August 31, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    my question is what moron actually pays retail price for xbox live? With hardly any effort you can get a 12 month for $30 bucks, this is a non issue. Even if you pay retailm, its only a dollar more, not much money at all.
  • SausageLozenge - August 31, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    11 million people pay 15 bucks a month to play WoW.
  • D0CCON - August 31, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    I buy live 12 months at a time. For me, this means I have to pay an extra $0.83 every month. I use Last FM enough to justify that cost and that doesn't include the free ESPN I'll be getting access to. If I watcn 2 games a month with ESPN, I'd consider that worth 83 cents as well.
  • blocpartier - August 31, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Fuck that. I'm not paying that much more just to get pissed off at retards on MW2.

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