Microsoft recently announced that pricing for its Xbox Live Gold membership is Increasing in a total of six countries: Austria, Hungary, Israel, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey. According to Microsoft, the change is being brought about in an effort to more closely reconcile the prices with that of the United States.
A Microsoft representative had this to say about the increases:
“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.” — Microsoft
Currently, South African gamers are paying around R50 ($3.25) a month, though under the price increase, this will rise to R159 ($10.33). The price for the other territories are as of yet unknown, but presumably they will change to become more in line with prices here in the States. Microsoft also vaguely commented on Austrian pricing, saying that “the new price in Austria aligns with other European markets.”
Source: Game Informer