Microsoft have recently confirmed that their subscription based Xbox Live service is getting a price hike in six countries. Bad luck to those affected I guess.
Confirming the news to Game Informer, Microsoft said that those in Austria, Hungary, Israel, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey can expect to see the price rising in the near future.
After catching wind of the price increase from a South African reader, Game Informer contacted Microsoft who shed light on the situation.
We occasionally update pricing in a given market to provide a balance of service and value, and in some instances, meet currency fluctuations within the region, and will be adjusting the price of Xbox Live Gold subscription in a small number of markets on June 20, 2016. We do so always keeping in mind that our goal is to offer our members the premium gaming and entertainment service at a fair price.
While it’s not yet clear how much the price will go up by, GI noted that as a European country, Austria pays the same amount as others in the region.
Microsoft responded to this by saying:
We believe this model suits the way our fans want to pay for Xbox Live Gold memberships in Austria. We are always listening to customer feedback, but have nothing to share about other markets at this time.
So good luck to you if you can make head or tail of that excuse.