Price change for Xbox LIVE Gold subscription

 

I wanted to let you know that as of November 1, 2010 we are increasing the price of an Xbox LIVE for some members. This price increase only affects Xbox LIVE Members in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom or the United States.

 

US

Current

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

UK

Current

1M Gold:  4.99 GBP

Starting Nov 1, 2010

1M Gold:  5.99 GBP

Canada

Current

1M Gold:  $8.99 CAD

Starting Nov 1, 2010

1M Gold:  $9.99 CAD

Mexico

Current

12M Gold:  499 Pesos

Starting Nov 1, 2010

12M Gold:  599 Pesos

 

Unless listed above, there is no change in any other subscription packages.

 

Since launching Xbox LIVE in 2002 we have continually added more content and entertainment experiences for our members, while keeping the price the same. 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.

 

However, we do want to thank our loyal members and give you the opportunity to lock in your current price with an additional discount, so now would be a good time to renew your subscription.

 

Again, the only subscription packages impacted are those mentioned above. For instance, the 12m UK Price? Not affected since it is not mentioned above.

 

Edit: You can sign in and hit this page on Xbox.com to find out when your Xbox LIVE subscription expires.

 

   

Comments

  • batkinson001

    @ Zacxx201

    stop reposting the same thing over and over again.

    @ O Nerd Killer O

    I agree with your post except for the fact that I ain’t paying double the price… unless it comes with a Happy Ending from some good looking lady…

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  • Bstew

    Just sent away for my Netflix disc for PSN.

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  • HYpKrOniC DuDe

    That is a great idea….charge extra for the “MATURE” rated audiances, and filter out all the kids/wanna be thug gangsta MF(s)!!They can all hac,boost,and be anal together while the rest of us have a great LIVE experience!!

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  • Real Xebec

    “Since launching Xbox LIVE in 2002 we have continually added more content” — Yeah, and we had to pay for the content, its not like you were giving it away for free. So why the price increase? Microsoft rapes everyone with the pricing of DLC and now they say: “Guess what, with the bad economy and overpriced DLC, we decided to charge you more for Xbox Live too”.

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  • x Obstruction x

    @Nerd Killer If your up to date with what DJ Keemstar is going through you will know that your money is being put to use by stopping people like him Stepto watches his stream every night but, from what people say and beg.. Tell him to ban the cheaters off MW2 Leaderboards it hasn’t been done and it’s been almost a year.. So yeah.

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  • DirkBelig

    I’ve been insulated from the full price of XBL because I’ve had the past three years of service for $56 because I bought a Xbox Live Vision camera (which comes with a year of Gold) for $40 and then found two more camera bundles for $8 each on clearance from K-Mart. I hardly use the Gold features except for perhaps a few days of MP per year with friends because the open online community is nothing but glitchers, griefers, poorly-parented racist, homophobic brats, or simply players so good that crushing defeat is the only option.

    With a laptop, all the other “features” – Twitter, Facebook, Last.fm, Hulu, Netflix, etc. – are all available free of charge and in a more usable form. (Who actually posts anything online with the gamepad? – note: not Chatpad) I don’t watch ESPN, so that’s worthless to me. My current Gold sub expires in 3 weeks and I was pondering whether I was going to renew and barring a killer sale falling into my lap, it appears I’m going to let it lapse, probably losing my year count bling on my profile.

    With our economy in ruins, the idea that jacking up prices is insane. With PSN Plus (or whatever that’s called) going for $50, but regular PSN offering free (albeit inferior) MP, that M$ is choosing to go MORE expensive when the part people pay for the most – online MP – is F-R-E-E on the competition makes no sense whatsoever. I predict that this leads to LESS income than more.

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  • Rykin Poe

    I think I speak for everybody on Xbox Live when I say: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • juan cabrera

    Gotta say Major, you should have included the price hike in an announcement of new features. I mean, let the users know where their money is going! So far, only Video Kinect has been announced as a new feature (and even for that, you have to buy Kinect). Even if the features are ways off, it would be nice to know that your money is being put to good use.

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  • Zartan

    Has the $99 Family Plan pricing changed? Why didn’t you mention the Family Plan in your post?

    Is anyone at Xbox reading this message or is this the equivalent of talking to a wall?

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  • LDNight

    The only reason the price is going up is becouse people will still pay to plsy. Xbox/Microsoft the molti-billion $$$ Co. knows this and will take advantige of people who won’t do any thing about is. Time to hit them were it hurts. THER WALLETS. BOYCOT! Or do nothing and pay the price.

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  • HYpKrOniC DuDe

    for all the cry babies…go to PSN please!! I’ll bet you’ll come running back with your $59.00 begging for forgivness.

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  • Vergenc3

    Even if Larry is going to “bring it up to the team” (which I know it won’t make a difference), The constant complaining will die down soon and we’ll deal with the increase. It’s nature.

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  • Pemalite

    I must say… This is disappointing to see, even if it doesn’t affect me right now.
    And Microsoft, it doesn’t add value, the competition has FREE alternatives, you cannot and will not be able to provide more value than a free alternative, period.

    Even though this won’t affect me here in Australia, come December I won’t be continuing my membership because:
    * Price Hikes.
    * “Features” seem to be generally US only most of the time.

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  • ZybaMan

    M$$$$$$$$$, now I finally get it. The competitor’s service is free and the features are comparable, the price is supposed to go down. With the Kinect focus and now this, you guys are making it extra easy for people who actually play video games to go somewhere else with their gaming. This is so baffling and it’s such a unreasonable price, I’m thinking you guys want to lose this generation so you don’t have to make another console.

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  • jrrronimo

    The price increase is hard to swallow.

    If the reasoning is that “hey, we added Twitter/Facebook/Etc.!”, well, I thought those were supposed to be free.

    I barely play multiplayer games at the moment and I certainly don’t use the aforementioned features. I’ve used Netflix a lot, but I have a computer hooked up to my TV — I don’t need to pay for the privilege anymore.

    I think I’ll just let my account revert to Silver. Vote with my dollars and all that.

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  • Space Goonie

    I’m not surprised they are doing this, they toyed with the idea a few years ago. That said, I am shocked at the amount of increase. I would think going from $49.99 to $54.99 would be acceptible, but $59.99 is kind of rediculous. I have been a LIVE subscriber since the day it was released to the public, but the service no longer caters to casual gamers such as myself. The value is only there for people who use the service 24/7, but the rest of us pay the same amount. Also, when LIVE fist launched we didn’t have advertisements on the dashboard. Now every single blade has an ad or even several ads on it. That alone should prevent MS from such a steep price increase. To date i’ve spent something like $350 for this “service” that doesn’t even offer servers, on top of the 3 Xbox consoles i’ve purchased, the $100 fee that my most recent RRoD cost, and all the games i’ve paid for.

    I’m disappointed to say the least.

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  • VENOM MADNESS

    Break it down and it’s .02 cents more a day. If you can’t manage that much, it’s time to sell your Xbox.

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  • Dr4gOnsFuRy

    I think oAssassin Xo has come up with a good idea a few pages back

    oAssassin Xo – “You know what M$ fails to realize? There are three types of people out there that use Gold.
    .

    (1)The spoiled brat who can have what he wants.

    .

    (2)The person that enjoys everything on live and wants Gold.

    .

    (3)The person that DOESN’T want alot of Lives crap and mainly wants the MP.

    .

    I am number 3. I only pay for live so I can play my games online. I never really use the “other features”. Don’t care about the music or facebook or any of that crap on Live. And Yet I am charged for that ****! If MS was smart they would set up to Gold accounts.

    .

    (1)Gold Minumum: Allows you to just play games online for only (insert price)…like maybe $20 a year.

    .

    (2) Gold Premium: Allows you use EVERY feature on Live. Make it $60.”

    I am also person #3 and would like to see a feature like this.

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  • Tig3rj

    Hahahaha!

    After so long you increase the price when you should be dropping the price of service. You don’t increase the price of service during a depression/recession you morons!! Who is the head of your marketing? A monkey??

    The key is to sell at a low profit margin and push more inventory (Live), than to try to make a larger profit gain.

    If anything, this is like NY raising the tax on Cigarette’s and NY losing revenue from it as everyone flocks to he Indian Reservations to avoid the Tax!

    You would sell so much more if you had a price point of $34.99 for a year.

    But hey, who am I? Just your avg. consumer here.

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  • HsitH

    My problem is, most of the additions to Live since the 360 launched are entirely superfluous to what I use it for. When the 360 launched, I was using Live to play Halo, download demos and buy XBLA games. These days, I’m using it to play Halo, download demos and buy XBLA and XBLIG games, and stream Netflix. And since I pay a separate subscription fee for Netflix, I don’t feel like like Live is really adding anything I should be paying for.

    To the extent that new services have been added, they primarily have costs attached in their respective marketplaces (video, etc.). So outside of that, we’re left with the normal annual Dashboard updates that we’ve come to expect. Which is not something I see anyone else justifying with a price hike. So Major Nelson’s attempt to justify the price increase is entirely hollow.

    But the messaging and timing really are poor. Typically when price increases like this are rolled out, they are bundled with a new feature or service. Not so here. Between that and the continuing improvements made to PSN and Steam which do not charge and this price increase is pretty jarring.

    I’m entirely captive to the service, of course, so I’ll absorb the cost increase. And I suspect most if not all current Live subscribers will do likewise; if you’re paying $50 for an annual service paying $60 instead isn’t going to cause you to leave it. But it’s a pretty tone-deaf move given what’s happing outside of Live, and I think they know it given how weak MN’s justification was.

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  • Orionz Dream

    Ok so most developers are making me pay for new games to play online or pay extra for their content and MS decides that I need to also pay more for their service on top of that. Also you killed off 70+ games from online (all gen one) but EA is killing my current gen games left and right. My subscription is up early next year. So am I. Not going to pay to play that. By the end of next month I will have netfilx streaming native on my PS3s, One user ID for both PS3s I own and the ability to share my game content with both. Its all I need. I will be able to play online to them for free. Good enough for me. I will just get my Halo fix on XBconnect from that point on. Its the only way to play my gen one games online now anyway.
    I feel like it was yesterday when I bought Wacked and played it online with voice chat. It was so magical. Not laggy like my DC online was. I was promised as long as I paid the $50.00 a year all my games would always work online. I could pop in any game and still play online. For some time it was fine. Then EA started running their own servers and were the first to cut them off to force upgrades. Then time passed and others caught on. And then one day I was told my Gen one games would no longer work online… Even If I still play them. Then I was told I had to pay more for less games to play online a few months later… Nope… Im out when my time is up. Thank you for the memories.
    I wont see you next gen.

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  • x Obstruction x

    @Venmon it’s not the price but, the principal :O

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  • goobot

    50$ was too much. twitter is held back without a browser or looking at tweets without going to the dashboard, facebook is garbage, hulu costs extra, netflix coast extra, i buy my games, game devs put up the demos, zune coast money, video connect costs me 150 for the hardware, espn is limited and not needed since thats what my tv was made for before xbox!!!!! i mean this is bs.

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  • VENOM MADNESS

    @x Obstruction x

    Poor people always say that.

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  • AreUPokey

    Well Played Microsoft…
    Folks this isn’t about Microsoft just deciding to up the price because of the new features that have been added and will be added. This is all about Halo: Reach. Why?

    They know Reach will sell well, and they believe, based on the Reach beta, that the Multiplayer will be booming as well. So what they’ve done here is to announce, just a few weeks before Reach’s release, that the Live pricing is going up. But they also make it clear that you can lock in the old price if you hurry. Additionally, your Walmarts, Targets, Gamestops, etc… all have a huge quantity of these prepaid 12 month subscriptions cards. So those are going to sell a ton, essentially clearing the shelves for the higher priced ones to come (and ensuring Microsoft will have few returns to deal with from the stores). All this will create a huge boom in Live subscriptions in addition the ones they would’ve have naturally gotten from Reach itself.

    The bottom line is that Microsoft will have quite a press release in the near future bragging about their 360 exclusive and how it not only sold well at retail but also brought in all these new subscriptions. Again I say well played Microsoft.

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