Subscriptions are a tricky thing, especially in the video game industry. Thanks to World of Warcraft, $15 a month is now the standard fee for MMOs, but the console market is a different story. As of right now, only Microsoft has a mandatory subscription service (the PS3’s PlayStation Plus is optional), so they can pretty much price it however they want. Ever since the service launched back in 2002, the average price for a yearly rate was $49.99 for Americans, but as of November 1, 2010, this price is going up. The prices and the plans they affect vary across the board, but the US, UK, Canada and Mexico are seeing increases in all areas. The breakdowns are as after the jump:
Microsoft maintains that the price increases are justified by the value offered by the service with bonuses such as Twitter and Facebook integration, Last.fm and ESPN. Of course, depending on where you live, you might not get any of that, making the price hike seem like a slap in the face. If you renew your subscription right now, you can lock in your pricing for the next year at the current level. What do you guys think about this? Is it right from a consumer standpoint for Microsoft to raise the prices after so much time has passed? What about areas that don’t get all the fancy bells and whistles, like Mexico? Let us know!
Source and pricing breakdown image: Major Nelson