The prices for all things in South Africa have shot through the roof over the last couple of months, and gaming-related products are no exception. Xbox One owners (and other users of Xbox LIVE) will soon have to deal with a substantial subscription fee increase for the online gaming service.
The news first broke when XBL users received emails notifying them of the increase. While many of us hoped it was a hoax, Microsoft confirmed to Game Informer that the price hike is very real, and will hit South Africa along with five other territories.
The email states that “as of June 20, 2016 the price of your 1 month Xbox Live Gold subscription will increase from R 50,00 to R 159,00”. Yes, you read that right. It goes on to say that “if your subscription is currently set to auto-renew before June 20, 2016, you will be charged the current price at the time of your next scheduled auto-renewal. If your subscription is currently set to auto-renew after June 20, 2016, you will be charged the new price at the time of your next scheduled auto-renewal”. If there was ever a time to invest in a year’s subscription, it’s now.
When asked about the price increase, a Microsoft representative told Game Informer that they “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”.
“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.” It’s not just South Africa: Austria, Sweden, Turkey, Israel, and Hungary will also see significant price adjustments.