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The price of Xbox Live is about to jump in some countries, but not the US

by Eric Frederiksen | May 17, 2016May 17, 2016 3:00 pm PST


The price of Xbox Live is going up in six countries, Microsoft says. Speaking to Game Informer, the company confirmed that Austria, Hungary, Israel, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey will see increases.

“We occasionally update pricing in a given market to provide balance of service and value, and in some instances, meet currency fluctuations within the region, and will be adjusting the price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions in a small number of markets on June 20, 2016,” Microsoft said in an official statement.

“We do so always keeping in mind that our goal is to offer our members the premium gaming and entertainment service at a fair price.”

A tip from a reader in South Africa alerted Game Informer to the increase, with the subscription jumping from the equivalent of about $3.25 to about $10.33. For comparison, the pricing for the same period in the United States is $9.99.

Microsoft isn’t speaking about the price increase for other markets yet, but if you’re in one of those markets, be on the lookout for the jump.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...