Folks hooked on Xbox Live may want to invest in a 12-month gold card before Microsoft jacks up prices. Starting November 1, users in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom will have to pay more
for Live access. US customers will witness a price hike on all membership lengths (one, three and 12 months), while only the one-month fee will rise for Canada and UK users, and the yearly rate will increase for Mexico.
As it stands, the US pricing is $7.99, $19.99 and $49.99 depending on the above-mentioned durations. That will jump to $9.99, $24.99, and $59.99. Canada's one-month membership will go from $8.99 CAD to $9.99 CAD, while the UK's rate will jump from 4.99 GBP to 5.99 GBP, and 12 months of Xbox Live Gold will be 599 pesos instead of 499 pesos in Mexico.
Ahead of those increases, Microsoft is offering a "discount
," charging US customers $39.99 for a year of Gold. While that may be lower than the official cost, you can typically find a similar
(and often better) price online.