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South African Xbox Live Members Get Triple Price Hike

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The price of your Xbox Live subscription in South Africa is set to increase by a whopping 218% if you are on a month-to-month package, while the twelve month subscription sees a slightly more palatable increase. According to the FAQ the price increased to "best reflects the value of the Xbox Live Gold membership."

According to an email sent to South African Xbox Live users, from 20 June 2016, those subscribing to a one month Xbox Live package will see their price jump from R50 to R159 (yes, that is over triple the original amount), while the 12 month subscription will climb from R590 to R979.

The price increase looks like it is an attempt to bring it in line with the dollar pricing (which is currently $59.99 for a 12 month subscription) and seems to be another repercussion from our poorly performing local currency.

However, it does seem that South Africa is not the only country affected by the increase, with Austria, Hungary, Israel, Sweden and Turkey also seeing increases according to Game Informer.

It seems that if you want to enjoy the ‘free’ games offered by Games with Gold every month, along with the ability to play online, the cost is about to become a lot more expensive. I suggest you jump in before 20 June 2016 to pick up your subscription at a lower price, or trawl the internet for the cheapest code options available. It should also be noted that those on the auto-renew option can expect to pay the higher price if your auto-renew is after 20 June.

If you want to find out more about the looming price increase, there’s a FAQ available on the Xbox site, but it is not going to make your wallet cry any less, however you might be able to cancel your subscription and get a refund.

Is this price hike likely to bring your love affair with Xbox in South Africa to an end? Let us know in the comments below. Major Nelson's look seem appropriate.

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