The Xbox Live Price Hike and What You Can Do about It

It emerged this week that as of November the price of an Xbox Live Gold subscription is going to be creeping up, rising by $10 a year in the States. On this side of the pond, the UK arguably comes of slightly better (surely a first in any international pricing comparison), with only the month-to-month subscriptions being hit, although these will be going up by £1 a month.

Predictably, internet rage ensued, as glancing at the comments section of any blog or site covering the increase will reveal.

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RedDead3026d ago

If people really cared hey would stop paying, like me

borisfett3026d ago

Personally, I'm not too fussed about this. It's the first price hike in the whole 8 years of the service. It's not much either.

RedDead3026d ago

But I had expected the price to go down as Sony caught up, the only differance now really is P/chat and I suppose the sense of community but it's barely worth the current price let alone the new one

tallandmerciless3026d ago

It may be the first price hike in 8 years but there's no getting away from the fact that it's for a service that everyone else provides for free. Granted, Microsoft do a far better job than most, but it's still hard to justify charging that much for the privilege of playing games that you've already paid for.

amiga-man3026d ago (Edited 3026d ago )

Many companys have tried to own the internet, and till now everyone has failed, if people continue to pay for something that should be free, it is the start of a very slippery slope.
If enough people stand up to this blatant greed, microsoft would have no choice but to change it's business model.

noaddedsugar3026d ago

Why should Xbox Live be free? Presumably the cost of developing and maintaining the service is considerable.
And you haven't paid for 'the game', you've paid for the game minus the online service. That seems like a reasonable enough position for me.
I think Tom's key point in all of this is simple- if you don't like it, vote with your feet.

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