August 30, 2010

Your Xbox LIVE Price Increase

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , — Jamie Love @ 1:37 pm

Xbox Live
Reactions to word that LIVE users would be paying a price increase for subscriptions as of November 1, 2010 is already causing an expectantly vehement reaction around the Interwebz – if you need to check a bit of that out for yourself you can pay the Major’s post a visit.

It’s easy to have a kneejerk reaction to the announcement, there’s never a good time to ask gamers for more money – especially when the cost of gaming seems to offer the impression that many could be eventually priced right out of the industry. Coming up with an honest and appropriate cost breakdown of what LIVE offers takes a bit more time and depends entirely on whether individuals derive any use from the features Microsoft feels entitled to more money for providing.

And that’s really what should be emerging out of this news, questions about whether an increasingly wide breadth of features should be turned into packages tailored to different needs and priced accordingly as opposed to the one size fits all plan that has gotten us this far. For instance, if we’re being asked to pay for usage increases Kinect may cause, I might like the option to opt in or out – I don’t expect clarification or price plans of course given that a mass exodus from the service is highly unlikely.

For now you can catch the pricing details as they affect Canada, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom after the break, and as always let me know what you think about the news.

United States
1M Gold: $7.99
3M Gold: $19.99
12M Gold: $49.99

Starting Nov 1, 2010
1M Gold: $9.99
3M Gold: $24.99
12M Gold: $59.99

United Kingdom
1M Gold: 4.99 GBP

Starting Nov 1, 2010
1M Gold: 5.99 GBP

1M Gold: $8.99 CAD

Starting Nov 1, 2010
1M Gold: $9.99 CAD

12M Gold: 499 Pesos

Starting Nov 1, 2010
12M Gold: 599 Pesos


  1. Hahaha, oh Microsoft. Increasing the price for Live is ALWAYS a great way to get new customers into the service!

    Comment by EdEN — August 30, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

  2. If that’s case, unless there’s another one of those sales where a year is $30-$35 by then, I’m done with Live once it expires. As it is, I really only use it for Netflix anyway.

    Comment by Kyattsuai — August 30, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  3. Weak. If this is due to the family plan thing then I’ll be ticked off. They should charge those people $10 more and leave my single use account alone! Also if this has to do with Kinect I’ll also be ticked off as I don’t give a crap about Kinect.

    Comment by Ujn Hunter — August 30, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  4. Probably has to do with all that Twitter, Facebook, ESPN, etc. stuff which I could give even less of a crap about. They’re also probably trying to recoup whatever money they threw at Activision to make their $15 Call of Duty map packs timed exclusives, which I certainly don’t give a double damn about.

    Comment by Kyattsuai — August 30, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

  5. Yeah, I’d totally opt out of all those things if I don’t have to pay more $. I don’t use any of it nor do I care to. Then again… if you let me remove all these stinking ads and just let me have Friends List and Important System menus without all the Marketplace crap… I’d gladly pay the extra $10! ;)

    Comment by Ujn Hunter — August 30, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

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