The internet is abuzz with complaints and discussions concerning Xbox Live’s price hike from $50 to $60 a year for the 12 month Gold membership, but the $50 XBL membership isn’t the only price that is changing. Following are all of the price changes coming to Xbox Live memberships in November 2010.
Microsoft is undergoing a new pricing model for its Xbox Live Gold memberships in November 2010. Microsoft has yet to change its Xbox Live prices since it launched in November 2002 (8 years ago) so the price hike in November is bound to cause lots of controversy.
Currently – and for the last 8 years – the prices for Xbox Live Gold memberships are as following: 1-month Gold subscription for $7.99, 3-month Gold subscription for $19.99, and 12-month Gold subscription for $49.99. As of November 2010 the prices of the Xbox Live Gold memberships will change to 1-month Gold subscription $9.99 ($2 more per month), 3-month Gold subscription $24.99 ($1.66 more per month), and 12-month Gold subscription $59.99 ($0.83 more per month).
In addition to the Xbox Live Gold price hikes, there are several other Xbox Live memberships that are rumored to be introduced on the Xbox 360 after November 2010. In the past there have only been two types of Xbox Live memberships – Gold and Silver – but after November 2010, Microsoft is said to release two new Xbox Live membership subscriptions; Xbox Live Platinum and an Xbox Live Family Plan.
The details of the Xbox Live Platinum membership subscription is still a bit sketchy, but ideas like Internet TV and more are being bounced around and the price hasn’t been set, while the Xbox Live Family Plan will cost $99.99 and will provide up to four one-year Xbox Live subscriptions that can be split across several consoles.
Overall, the changes coming to Xbox Live in November 2010 are sure to rub some people the wrong way, but it appears that Microsoft is actually rolling out several plans to meet the needs of different gamers. The $60 price hike of the 12 month Gold subscription hasn’t been well received, but for more features over XBL, and additional 84 cents a month is asking much.
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