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#1 Spooky

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 04:31 PM

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Microsoft raising Xbox Live membership prices

Love playing your Xbox 360 games online? Join the crew...and please have your credit card handy, because Microsoft would like to have a word with it.

Specifically, the word "more."


On Monday, the company announced plans to raise the price of the Xbox Live Gold membership, making it the online network's first fee hike in its eight-year history. Beginning November 1, gamers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the U.K. will have to fork over at least $10 extra per year to enjoy the premium service, which is required for playing games with (or against) pals online.

In the U.S., the annual subscription plan -- once $49.99, soon to be $59.99 -- will remain far and way the most economical. The monthly plan will see a $2 bump ($9.99/month, or $120/year), while the three-month plan will jump $5 ($24.99/month, or $100/year).

Why the sudden hike? To Xbox Live spokesman Major Nelson, someone has to pay for all the stuff they keep adding to the network, right?

"Since launching Xbox LIVE in 2002 we have continually added more content and entertainment experiences for our members, while keeping the price the same," he said. "We’re confident that when the new pricing takes effect, an Xbox LIVE Gold membership will continue to offer the best value in the industry."

Well, that's one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is that Microsoft remains the only one of the big three console makers to charge a fee for online play. While Sony's recently-released "Playstation Plus" upgrade gives gamers access to premium content, playing games online is still entirely free for all users. And though the Wii has lagged behind in the online gaming field, the relatively few games that support online play don't cost players extra.

But with blockbuster multiplayer games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 selling like hotcakes on the 360, Microsoft hasn't had a hard time convincing users to pay up. According to Bloomberg, a good 25 million Xbox 360 owners went Gold in the last fiscal year, netting the company about $600 million in fees alone and accounting for roughly half of Microsoft's estimated $1.2 billion in revenue via the online service. With the Xbox 360 topping charts in July and surefire seller Halo: Reach arriving September 14th, the company might need to buy a bigger wallet.

It's not all doom and gloom for 360 gamers, however. In a half-hearted attempt to make amends for the rate increase, Microsoft is letting current U.S. Xbox Live Gold members lock in one more year of membership for $39.99, a $20 premium over the coming price. Not bad, but an even thriftier move is to snap up a few discounted pre-paid cards at online retailers like Amazon. Redeem one now, then save one for next year to renew at the discounted price again. Sneaky...and sure to vanish quickly, so hop to it.


http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/plugged-in/microsoft-raising-xbox-live-membership-prices/1409254



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Posted August 30, 2010 - 04:38 PM

the 1 year gold subscription is the same price as buying a new game.. wow

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 04:43 PM

the 1 year gold subscription is the same price as buying a new game.. wow


this is why you should switch to ps3 :rock:
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Posted August 30, 2010 - 04:48 PM

this is why you should switch to ps3 :rock:


ho ho ho, but i do got a ps3 :rock:

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 04:48 PM

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 05:23 PM

woop woop for PS3, the people's console!

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#7 Guest_MyJohnsonisMagic_*

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 07:12 PM

PS3 online networks sucks, but Microsoft is ridiculous.

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 07:13 PM

Sooo glad I got the best system. A.K.A. a PS3!! Thank you Sony. I will never own a Microsoft product.

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 08:56 PM

I got both so IDGAFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF! Posted Image And I gotta 12 month for 30 dollars. They crazyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 09:25 PM

I got a friend that sells me 12 months for 20 bucks. :rock:

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Posted August 30, 2010 - 11:17 PM

PS3 online networks sucks, but Microsoft is ridiculous.

how does it suck? for a free service, i have no complaints


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Posted August 31, 2010 - 07:29 AM

how does it suck? for a free service, i have no complaints


Ever heard of the saying 'you get what you pay for' ?

It sucks because IT IS A FREE SERVICE, try playing 2K online on PS3 lol.

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Posted August 31, 2010 - 07:48 AM

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Posted August 31, 2010 - 09:35 AM

Ever heard of the saying 'you get what you pay for' ?

It sucks because IT IS A FREE SERVICE, try playing 2K online on PS3 lol.


MW2 also sucks on the ps3lol. cannot join my friends party sometimes

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Posted August 31, 2010 - 11:28 AM

Ever heard of the saying 'you get what you pay for' ?

It sucks because IT IS A FREE SERVICE, try playing 2K online on PS3 lol.


so your one of those guys that just hates on something because its free huh? :laughing:

for someone that doesnt play games 24/7 like myself, i dont have a problem with it...I would have a problem with paying $59.99 for something i rarely used though

if you dont like it, stick to 360, its not that hard


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Posted August 31, 2010 - 06:12 PM

I have no beef with either console. I'm the type that would love to see a merge mega console. That would be amazing...

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Posted September 01, 2010 - 06:59 PM

im set till like 2015 for free well i guess $25 if u count the 12 month card i got

#18 Guest_MyJohnsonisMagic_*

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Posted September 05, 2010 - 06:35 PM

so your one of those guys that just hates on something because its free huh? :laughing:

for someone that doesnt play games 24/7 like myself, i dont have a problem with it...I would have a problem with paying $59.99 for something i rarely used though

if you dont like it, stick to 360, its not that hard


I don't "hate" on any console, if I want to play online games I play them on Xbox Live and I purchase multiplayer games
exclusively for xbox live, unless they are exclusively for PS3 (then I have no choice but to use the PS network).

Understand?

I am not biased, I don't cater to fanboyism when it comes to gaming because you miss out on great games that
are exclusively for one or the other and that is just retarded.

I wish Xbox and PS did a calabo console, it would be more convenient to own one console and forget about
exclusive games and content (it burns a major hole in your pocket) but then again that is their intent and
that is how they both make money :(

Oh and please don't make assumptions, I'm 'poor' so why would I hate on something that is free? ^_^

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Posted September 05, 2010 - 08:45 PM

I don't "hate" on any console, if I want to play online games I play them on Xbox Live and I purchase multiplayer games
exclusively for xbox live, unless they are exclusively for PS3 (then I have no choice but to use the PS network).

Understand?

I am not biased, I don't cater to fanboyism when it comes to gaming because you miss out on great games that
are exclusively for one or the other and that is just retarded.

I wish Xbox and PS did a calabo console, it would be more convenient to own one console and forget about
exclusive games and content (it burns a major hole in your pocket) but then again that is their intent and
that is how they both make money :(

Oh and please don't make assumptions, I'm 'poor' so why would I hate on something that is free? ^_^

whats the big difference though between the two online networks?
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#20 Guest_MyJohnsonisMagic_*

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Posted September 07, 2010 - 01:28 AM

whats the big difference though between the two online networks?


Sony's network is free, because its free the quality of online gaming on PS3 is inconsistent.
Sometimes you'll have great sessions, other times you'll be frustrated and quit online play
because you can't find a session with good latency or enough players.

Xbox's live network is pay to play but the quality of the gaming on live is unmatched,
harassment is not tolerated and neither is racism or vulgarity (frequent problems on PS3's networks)
great sessions are always available and latency is never an issue.




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