Posted on August 30, 2010, Ron Whitaker XBox Live Prices Going Up
Every convention, we hear the same things from Microsoft and Sony. Microsoft harps on the staggering number of Live subscribers they have, and Sony retorts that at least their service doesn’t cost $50 a year. Somewhere in the middle, gamers cry out for better PS3 online service and cheaper 360 service.
In 2010, we’re getting all that, plus a little extra. Sony’s launched a pay service that gives access to random free games, and Microsoft is actually RAISING the price of XBox Live.
Yes, that’s right. If you live in the US, UK, Canada or Mexico, your subscription to live is going to get more expensive on November 1, 2010. How much more? Here’s an idea:
If you’re an existing Live customer, you can renew your subscription now for a special rate of $39.99. That eases the sting a bit, but it’s going to be a big debate whether that subscription is still worth the cash when the next renewal comes up. Also, Microsoft hasn’t announced any new features accompanying this change (maybe they will later this week at PAX?), so it doesn’t look like much more than an attempt to cover increasing costs.
I’ve always debated having a Gold subscription, as I felt it was a little pricey for what was delivered. Now, the debate is swinging towards becoming a Silver member. Heck, I might even invest that $50 in PlayStation Plus and see if it’s worth having. I wonder if anyone else will do the same.
If you want to see how the community feels about this, I suggest checking out the comments on MajorNelson.com.