Xbox Live prices are set to rise by £1 a month, in order to “address changing market conditions.”

Xbox owners will undoubtedly have received this message over the past few days, explaining how and why their essential subscription is getting a price hike. One month of Xbox Live will now set you back £7, a raise from the £6 charged previously. The popular 3-month subscription is raising by a whole £3, costing £18 instead of £15. Finally, the flagship one year option will now cost you £50, starting May 8.

Time to stock up then it seems. New subscribers will be charged the new fee from May 8, however current subscribers will only be paying extra from August 7. When approached for comment by vg247, Microsoft had the following to say:

To ensure gamers have consistent pricing for Xbox Live Gold across Europe we are making changes to UK pricing from May 8th. Prices will rise by £1 a month for our monthly subscriptions, £3 for our quarterly subscriptions and by £10 a year for an annual membership. This new pricing is aligned to the changes we made in the region in 2016 as we strive to offer our members premium gaming and entertainment services at a fair price. We have notified members whose accounts are on recurring billing in the UK so they are aware well in advance.”

What do you think about these changes to Xbox Live’s pricing? Is it too much? Or are you not too phased by it? Let us know in the comments below!

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