Price cuts for DSi and price hikes for Xbox LIVE

31 08 2010
Both Nintendo and Microsoft opened up the week by making official announcements on Monday regarding the prices of their gaming products.

Nintendo officially announced a price cut to its latest handheld iteration the DSi, while Microsoft officials announced a price hike to its online multiplayer subscription service, Xbox LIVE.

The Nintendo universal price cuts are reportedly to go into effect on September 12 and will apply to the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL respectively. The new retail price for the DSi will be $149.99 USD and the XL will be priced at $169.99 USD.

The Xbox LIVE Gold membership fees of $50 USD will be no more, according to Larry Hryb, Director of Programming for Xbox LIVE. Hryb announced the price increases for LIVE memberships on his blog, Major Nelson, and told 360 gamers that the rise in price would go into effect on November 1.

The price increases will vary, but all U.S. versions of Gold Memberships will be affected, as well as a few price sets for Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

The U.S. one-month membership will rise from $7.99 to $9.99 USD, the three-month membership will rise from $19.99 to $24.99 USD, and the yearly membership will rise from $49.99 to $59.99 USD.

The only memberships that will be subject to the rate hike in both the UK and Canada will be the one-month membership, which will rise from $4.99 GBP to $5.99 GBP in the UK and $8.99 CAD to $9.99 CAD. In Mexico, the only affected membership is the yearly-membership, which will rise from 499 pesos to 599 pesos.

According to the Xbox site, U.S. players can lock in a yearly LIVE Gold membership before November 1 for a reduced price of $39.99.
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