Xbox Live Price Going to Increase In Some Countries
It is confirmed that Microsoft is going to increase the price of Xbox Live in some countries. Microsoft revealed to Game Informer that they’re bumping up the price of their Xbox Live service in some countries. These include Israel, South Africa, Hungary, Sweden, Turkey and Austria. The price of the Xbox Live service is going to increase in these countries soon in near future.
A South African Reader revealed this to Game Informer through an E-mail, which stated that would triple from R150 to R159 (from $3.25 USD to about $10.32 USD).
Microsoft has confirmed this with the following statement:
“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.”
The prices of Hungary, Israel, Sweden, Austria and Turkey are not revealed yet. However, the price of Austria seems a bit confusing. As the currency of the country is Euros, it should be charged €6.99 regardless of its VAT (value added tax), as all countries in the European Union are charged €6.99 regardless of their VAT (same case with Austria).
Game Informer also asked for more details about the pricing in Austria, it received the following reply:
“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.”
Source: Game Informer