Microsoft has pushed up the prices of Xbox Live subscriptions on the same day it also announces the arrival of the latest Xbox Live update.
UK gamers will only experience a price hike for one month subscriptions which goes from up from £4.99 to £5.99, in comparison to Xbox 360 owners in the US where one month subs go up from $7.99 to $9.99, three month plans up from $19.99 to $24.99, and a year-long membership rise of $59.99 which is up from $49.99.
The better news is that the new Xbox LIVE update also launches today in preparation for the arrival of Kinect which is available in the US from November 1st, and from November 10th in the UK.
Notable new additions include a revamped Sky Player which sports a new interface and gives Gold LIVE members the opportunity to access a back catalogue of Sky content and recommend shows to fellow users.
Zune Movie marketplace is now available for Xbox LIVE users in the UK adding on-demand movies from the likes of 20th Century Fox and MGM, and allowing users to stream rented movies to a Windows PC or sync with a Windows Phone 7 handset. Zune Pass subscriptions which will set you back £8.99 per month gives Gold LIVE members access to unlimited streaming music.
As Kinect is likely to lead to more family-led gaming, Microsoft has also announced the Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack which will offer up to four individual Xbox LIVE Gold memberships for £69.99 a month and has added new settings such as access to monitoring reports and the Family Centre.