If you’re not a current Xbox Live subscriber, the price increased beginning today for the Xbox Live Starter Kit, just as Microsoft made the Communicator headset available as a stand-alone item. Along with the price increase, the Xbox Live Starter Kit will now include a copy of MechAssault.
The Xbox Live Starter Kit increased to $69.99 from $49.99, but it now includes a full version of MechAssault in addition to the Xbox Communicator headset. For existing Xbox Live subscribers, the subscription renewal rate remained at the $49.99 level.
Two additional packages also made an appearance at retail today: the stand-alone Xbox Live Voice Communicator for $29.99, and the month-by-month subscription to Xbox Live for $5.99 per month.