Last year we saw Sony increase the price of its PlayStation Plus subscription by 60%, which sent it skyrocketing from R45 to R99 per month. This was expected due to the increase in the international exchange rates compared to the Rand. It seems that it is now Microsoft’s turn to do the same as its Xbox Gold service will be tripling starting in June 2016.
Microsoft will be following Sony’s lead this year and will be increasing the price of its Xbox Gold subscription in 16 countries, one of them being South Africa.
Microsoft explains why its updated pricing of the monthly subscription fees:
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.
As of 1o June 2016, the monthly price for Xbox Gold in South Africa will be R159. This is more than triple the current cost of the service which is sitting at R50 per month. Other countries to receive the increase include Hungary, Israel, Sweden, Turkey, and a few more which fall under the EU PAL region.
When asked about the price increase Microsoft commented that:
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.
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