No one likes seeing price increases on items they frequently purchase or in general, but some times it has to be done. Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live pricing will go up in six different countries. Those countries affected by the price increase are Austria, Hungary, Israel, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey. The reasoning behind the price increase is due to adjustments based on the currency change in those effected countries.
Starting on June 20th, 2016 these six countries will see an increase, Austria is one of those countries that might possess a problem as it uses Euros and taxes are already included in with the pricing versus the U.S. or other countries that follow the same value added tax system, but a statement from Microsoft to Game Informer was given about the change in Austria.
We believe this model suits the way our fans want to pay for Xbox Live Gold memberships in Austria. We are always listening to customer feedback, but have nothing to share about other markets at this time.
Israel will charge around 37.99 ILS/month ($10.05USD), Hungary will charge around 2,000 Ft/month ($7.19USD), Sweden around 79 kr/month ($9.58USD), South Africa around R159/month ($10.33USD), and Turkey will charge 18.99TL/month ($6.40USD).
Microsoft did have this to add about the price increase to Game Informer:
We occasionally update pricing in a given market to provide a 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 subscription in a small number of markets on June 20, 2016, 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
Though this sounds bad for those folks using Xbox Live to pay more, it seems as if Microsoft might be making the pricing also align with the current pricing over here in the States.
It might just be time to hit that one year (or more) renewal to lock in your existing price for awhile longer in one of those countries. If you live in any of the six countries being affected, what are your thoughts about the price increase? Let us know by leaving your comment down below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.Source: Game Informer