It has been announced that Xbox Live will increase the price for its service beginning on November 1st, 2010. People living in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom will find a small
increase in price starting on November 1st. This is the first price increase for Xbox Live since the service was launched.
A 12 month Gold Membership to Xbox Live will cost an extra ten dollars. To soften the blow, Microsoft is currently offering Xbox Live users a 12 month Gold Membership at a discounted rate. After the
November 1st increase, discounted prices will still be offered through independent sellers, such as Amazon.
All Xbox Live Gold Membership types will see an increase in price. Residents of the United States will see their 1 month Gold Membership price increase from $7.99 to $9.99, their 3 month Gold Membership
price increase from $19.99 to $24.99, and their 12 month Gold Membership price increase from $49.99 to $59.99. Residents of Canada will see their 1 month Gold Memberships increase in price from 8.99
CAD to 9.99 CAD. Residents of Mexico will see their 12 month Gold Membership price increase from 499 pesos to 599 pesos. Residents of the United Kingdom will see their 1 month Gold Membership price increase from 4.99 GBP to 5.99 GBP. The Xbox Live price increase coincides with a push from game publishers to add an additional $10 charge to people playing used online games. This attempted maneuver by game publishers is an attempt to recoup lost profits from games purchased through video game resellers, such as Gamestop, because game publishers do not see any money from the sale of used games.
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