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Microsoft explains Xbox Live Gold price increase

By Matthew
Nov 2, 2010
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  1. flocka

    flocka TS Rookie Posts: 40

    im with you on this, but as much as love the PS3 over 360, you cant deny the ease of use with xbox live when it comes to getting a few buddies in a party, and joinig ta game together. party chat, send voice/text messages; its just simply better and more user freindly than PS3's free Playstation Network
     
  2. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 984   +89

    So is the thinking, "We have more users, lets charge more money to shed users."

    Because I'm not going to renew out of protest. I don't want all the extra services. I'm only asking for multi-player. Anything above that is just fluff that I'm not using.
     
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    I dont think you, or another 1,000 users like you would make a shred of difference.

    Its amount making money, which Microsoft have clearly done very well with the just published 16+ billion dollar profits. They have to protect it somehow I guess! :haha:

    I've never understood why people get so heated about the whole PC/console (and Mac/Windows) debates really. PC's are multi purpose, and good ones play games well.

    Consoles appeal to a different market of gamers, they're both good in their own ways.

    I'm not an xbox fan, but I do like to play our Wii, because as a family we can have fun playing it. I certainly wouldn't want my family using my PC. ;) I view consoles as more family orientated personally, and the PC, well thats my thing and should be left alone by anyone but me!
     
  4. Why buy Blu-ray films if you can watch them in full HD on Xbox Live...
     
  5. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy TS Rookie Posts: 47

    This is ridiculous! Users paid 50$ for the continuous support and development - this is not a valid reason to raise price because of the new content available! Just take for example WoW players pay a certain amount of money every month (~15$) BECAUSE of the new features and content currently in development, otherwise their would not be any fees there...

    Also, gears and halo are exclusive yes... what's the point with XboxLive ? PS3 has also exclusivities like resistance and PSN isn't billable anyway....

    Microsoft really suck on this. Making every users to pay more and more where the competitors give all away for free.
     
  6. miska_man

    miska_man TS Member Posts: 49

    Good thing I got a 1 year for $36 on newegg back in May!

    But seriously, shouldn't more users make the price of membership go DOWN, not up? Besides, all this extra "content" in my book is just crap we don't need. I bought an Xbox to game and would use Netflix if my internet connection was faster. That's it. Sure I was pumped when they brought on streaming music and Facebook, but they were stripped down apps that you couldn't fun at the same time as a game. And the Facebook application also lacks chat. And don't get me started on Avatars...

    But I do in a way feel that I am getting ripped off still paying for stuff I don't want OR need. I don't know if it's enough to make me stop renewing my subscription though...
     
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42

    Uhh, how many WoW expansions would you like me to name that cost money?
     
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    The console-philes are forgetting that at the end of the day I can do a lot more with my PC than just play games. So when you factor in the comparable cost re: gaming, and then factor in all the other things you can do with your PC, its a no brainer. At the end of the day if I *just* wanted to game I would have invested in consoles.
     
  9. co1rpal1

    co1rpal1 TS Rookie

    I have no problems paying $60 for the service. It's well worth it. The online multiplayer is second to none.
     
  10. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    online games, netflix, espn3, etc, etc, they have got america by the balls - they can charge how ever much they want without suffering from decrease in number of users. they can do this at will because there is no easy (cheap) alternatives. who is not happy about a $10 (~$0.80 / month) bump in price and is willing to give up all the xbox games and turn around and buy a PS3? they will probably buy PS3 but definitely not selling xbox because of this bump. MS's doing evil it's like drug lord raise price on drugs - no one is gonna complaint and boycott it (sry just finished watching The Wire)...
     
  11. ElDaFree

    ElDaFree TS Rookie

    I don't care about added value here and there, all I want is to play online with my buddies and I am not wiling to extend my Live membership at that price. Sorry Microsoft, no deal.
     
     
  12. dummybait

    dummybait TS Rookie Posts: 45

    WERD!!!!
     
  13. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    Ah! microsoft and their own sense and logic....... i mean really? that just sucks, the prices werent even that cheap before and if you get more poeple y the hell are u increasing prices???????
     
  14. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 850   +11

    Man glad I don't play xbox, or really online with a console at all.

    As for the other argument going on here (Console vs PC - $$$) it all depends on what you get into - there are just too many variables to say x is always more expensive than y
    Full blown Guitar Hero set is rather spending, but not everyone has one (I don't).
    Arguing game prices is hard to do also. Almost all my console games are used. But used PC games are hard to find, and then the CD key is already activated, and all hell brakes loose. But then again you can get PC games off Steam on sale a lot too. So I see a draw there.
    If we just argue game console plus input devices against tower plus input devices - I have about $300 into my PS3 plus controllers and $600 into my tower + input devices (keyboard, mouse, ps2 controller to usb adapter). And even if we through out the parts I didn't buy just for gaming (2 1TB WD black hdd's @ $80ea - no OS on them, just storage) It pulls it down to ~$440.
    Console seems like it lead the way there, but when I trough in the $1500 I plan to drop on a nice shinny HDTV next spring, kinda tips the scales the other way - even compared to the 2 new flat screens I'm getting for my computer.
    Now you can argue the PC is used for more than just gaming, but so is my TV and everyone keeps grouping the TV in with the console price to tip the scales in favor of the PC. And my PS3 does more than just play games. I stream media through it all the time, and its my blu-ray player.
    Hell if you through in the $15/mo I pay to play WoW makes the hole $60/yr thing for the Xbox seem pretty silly.

    so like I said at first - there are just too many variables to flat out say "x cost more than y". I honestly don't know which I have spent more money on - my computer or console gaming.
     
  15. Total B.S. Microsoft doesn't need the money and has the money to support all they claim nor did it ever need to be 50 dollars. It's greed. I already told myself I will never buy a Xbox again. I'm going back to Sony when the new models come out.
     
  16. f111

    f111 TS Rookie Posts: 24

    They should have two different versions, one with all the crap the other just for gaming,then you pay for what you want.
     
  17. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 830

    @Tgard
    My argument is flawed because for console gaming, you only need 1 console in your opinion? In that respect, if we're going to blatantly disregard available games in each market, then PC's could never buy any games at all, as there's thousands of free flash based games on the web, if you didn't have to buy games on the PC, that would dramatically push the pricing debate in their favor.

    And yes, the $850 includes the monitor, the number is taken directly from the buying guide on this website. And I'm aware that you can cut down prices on the consoles themselves, just as you could the PC. The prices I quoted are direct bundle prices from Walmart and come with additional equipment like Move, Kinect, etc. To my reasoning, if you're going to be honest about the pricing, you've got include the equipment needed for the games you'll be playing. Like I said in my original post, of course you can spend more for a PC, but if you're starting from scratch and are going to pick only 1 gaming market, then these are the realistic costs you'll be facing. Also, simply assuming that the cost of a TV shouldn't be included in the overall console pricing is disingenuous at best. Using that logic, you can assume everyone's already got a computer, so the price shouldn't be counted against it, right?
     
  18. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Letme explain it to you in one word..........CONTENT! XBOX LIVE is on it's 11th Generation online services. They offer the BEST online content on XBOX gaming console....period!! I don't take ANY sides which is a better console. I own both the 360 & the PS3. When it comes to online/Multiplayer gaming, Xbox Live is a clear winner in this catagory. On PS3, the reason why you don't pay anything and it's FREE because theres no REAL content. Theres your answer. Happy gaming
     
  19. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Look @ the whole picture. There in this business to make money like other companies do. (Sony, Samsung,MS, Logitech, Apple..etc.
     
  20. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    The reason why they increasing it is because..they keep updating, adding fresh NEW content for ther customers. You dont see this on the PS3...HEheeheh. You NOT obligated to buy anything from them. If you don't like there services don't buy them ...period. Stop complaining and move on.
     
  21. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    100% agree.....:) Smart customer
     
  22. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    You guys need to stop complaining about the increase. Another $10 will NOT hurt your pockets! If you breakit down $50 divided by 12 months thats less than $5 dollars a month ( $4.16 to be exact) $60 /12 = $5

    So in 10yrs MS raised there price of the membership to a measly 0.84 cents. And you guys are complaing!!....You either a MS hater or you just f..... bored.
     
  23. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Your choice. Your preference. It should be the other way around, saying "Man glad I don't play PS3, or really online with a console at all." Stick to your $1000 + PC that only plays 2-3 decent games then it's time for you to upgrade....hehe
     
  24. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Letme explain it to you in one word..........CONTENT! XBOX LIVE is on it's 11th Generation online services. They offer the BEST online content on XBOX gaming console....period!! I don't take ANY sides which is a better console. I own both the 360 & the PS3. When it comes to online/Multiplayer gaming, Xbox Live is a clear winner in this catagory. On PS3, the reason why you don't pay anything and it's FREE because theres no REAL content except for few free PSP / PS3 wallpaper to decorate your system. Theres your answer. Happy gaming
     
  25. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 830

    Did someone run out of Ritalin?
     


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