The Nintendo Switch has recently announced it will have a subscription online service and PS Plus has been around for a number of years now, but the original console paid online subscription service was Xbox Live. The price for the service has changed throughout different countries since the start for Xbox Live and now it has been revealed that it will be getting a price increase in Canada next month.
As provided by a poster on NeoGAF, Microsoft has sent out emails to those with Xbox Live in Canada that said the following involving the upcoming price increase for Xbox Live Gold.
“As a valued Xbox Live Gold member, we’d like to thank you for being part of the Live community. After carefully evaluating the currency changes within Canada, and with the understanding that our offerings always provide a balance of service and value for our customers, we will be adjusting the price of our Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.
As such, the price of your Xbox Live Gold subscription will be increasing. As of February 28, 2017, the price of your 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription will increase from $59.99 CAD to $69.99 CAD. If your subscription is currently set to auto-renew before February 28, 2017, 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 February 28, 2017, you will be charged the new price at the time of your next scheduled auto-renewal.”
This price increase is disappointing for those that live in Canada, but it does make a lot of sense with the current state of the Canadian dollar versus the US dollar. At the original price of $59.99 CAD, it converted to about $46 in USD, which is obviously a good bit cheaper than the $59.99 USD cost in the US. Even with the new $69.99 CAD price, it converts to only about $53 USD, so it’s still a solid price.
If you are in Canada and want to get in before the price increase, make sure to either sign up now or if your subscription runs out late, get a Xbox Live Gold card to extend that before the price hike on February 28.