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Xbox Live Wants You! (to pay more money)

I just got an email alerting me that, starting November 1, the cost of the Xbox Live Gold Membership will be going up. Now, anyone who is already a Gold member probably got the same email, so the news won’t come as a surprise. For anyone who is a Silver member (free) or doesn’t have an Xbox 360 yet, this is news. Currently, the price of a 12 month subscription to XBL is $49.99 (US). On November 1st, the price will go up by $10 to $59.99 a year. Of course, the month-to-month and 3-month subscriptions will also increase in cost. This isn’t just an American price hike, either; its a global increase. So all of you in the UK, Australia, Germany, China, etc. can look forward to the same thing as us here in the States.

Considering that Gold service was modeled on the cost of a new game, it makes sense that the price would eventually rise to $59.99, just like most games did. Also, XBL has gotten a huge number of added features and better functionality since its 2002 inception. With these things in mind, am I upset about the increase? Naahhh. Sure, it’s another $10 out of my pocket, but thats less than a buck a month. Not exactly devastating. Also, to make the transition a bit easier on us all, Microsoft is having a final sale before the price goes up forever. As long as you act before November 1st, you can get a 12-month Gold subscription for $39.99; $10 LESS than you pay now. How’s that for a deal? Fortunately, my subscription expires on November 3rd. Swell, huh? If you’re a consistent user of the Gold perks, you might consider renewing your subscription in October, even if yours is good until January or so. In the long run, you’ll still be saving money.

Now that I’ve given you the good news about the last minute subscription deal, its time for the bad news: its only available to US customers. Sorry, Rest of the World. Quel dommage.

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