Xbox's community lightning-rod Major Nelson has revealed today
Microsoft's intention to increase prices for access to the Xbox Live Gold service, the online subscription required for multiplayer gaming and premium content on the Xbox 360 console.
Presently, the announcement only includes the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A where as of November 1st 2010, the price will climb around US$2 for the 1 month purchase or US$10 for the 12 month sub.
No clarified reason was given for the increases only that they seem to feel the current price-points undervalued the service:
"Since launching Xbox LIVE in 2002 we have continually added more content and entertainment experiences for our members, while keeping the price the same. We’re confident that when the new pricing takes effect, an Xbox LIVE Gold membership will continue to offer the best value in the industry."
Australia/New Zealand has so far been spared and considering some territories haven't seen increases across the entire spread of products indicates that our already regionally-inflated prices for the service might not be moving any time soon.
AusGamers has contacted local Xbox representatives for comment but is yet to receive a response on the matter.