August 30th 2010 4:00 pm PT

Price change for Xbox LIVE Gold subscription

 

I wanted to let you know that as of November 1, 2010 we are increasing the price of an Xbox LIVE for some members. This price increase only affects Xbox LIVE Members in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom or the United States.

 

US

Current

1M Gold:  $7.99

3M Gold:  $19.99

12M Gold:  $49.99

Starting Nov 1, 2010

1M Gold:  $9.99

3M Gold:  $24.99

12M Gold:  $59.99

UK

Current

1M Gold:  4.99 GBP

Starting Nov 1, 2010

1M Gold:  5.99 GBP

Canada

Current

1M Gold:  $8.99 CAD

Starting Nov 1, 2010

1M Gold:  $9.99 CAD

Mexico

Current

12M Gold:  499 Pesos

Starting Nov 1, 2010

12M Gold:  599 Pesos

 

Unless listed above, there is no change in any other subscription packages.

 

Since launching Xbox LIVE in 2002 we have continually added more content and entertainment experiences for our members, while keeping the price the same. 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.

 

However, we do want to thank our loyal members and give you the opportunity to lock in your current price with an additional discount, so now would be a good time to renew your subscription.

 

Again, the only subscription packages impacted are those mentioned above. For instance, the 12m UK Price? Not affected since it is not mentioned above.

 

Edit: You can sign in and hit this page on Xbox.com to find out when your Xbox LIVE subscription expires.

 

   

Archive By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • ChiLobster

    i’ve been a live member since 2002. thanks for rewarding my support MS!

    i’m glad this announcement came out now.

    halo reach console package – canceled – save $400
    nhl 11 preorder – changed to ps3
    fable 3 preorder – canceled

    xbox live gold – expires nov – canceled

    selling my games and console and becoming a pure ps3 family – profit!

  • miangogico

    @Orionz Dream

    I don’t think gamers will forget about stuff like this. This gen their investments are made. Most own one console or the other along with games for them, but this is exactly the kind of faux pas people will not forget about.. Microsoft was brought NOTHING good to this industry yet. Nothing.

  • ScottC1s

    Good morning Larry and the community

    Honestly I don’t think 10 dollars is THAT big of a deal. I’m sure this was a hard decision even for Microsoft. They are a company who are here to make money just like anywhere else. I think its more of a frustration having to 50 dollars for Xbox live to begin with is the reason so many are upset. I have a Ps3 as well and I do enjoy free online gaming but the chat system is terrible! I can only talk with a mic to people who are only in a game that I’m playing I have to use a chat (typing) system only and its terrible seeing the only time I can check what everyone is saying is finding some where to hide while I play the game. I wish Microsoft would give online gaming for free and everything else if you want it would cost extra. But like I said this is a company that is trying to make money and you can’t get mad at them for that because that is what most company’s are here to do. Do I fully agree how that’s done no. But again we don’t know the full picture. Times are tough for everyone. I just wish that this was done with a better economy.

  • eolh93

    Well, I guess maybe I should thank Microsoft for raising the price, as it has caused me to re-evaluate and realize that I don’t need or want a Live Gold subscription anymore. Now that my PS3, my Wii, and even my TV itself can do Netflix (all for free), Microsoft no longer has me by the balls for that one. I have no interest in having Twitter or Facebook on my TV, and if I suddenly have a change of heart, my TV does those as well (for free). Last.fm is nice on my computer (for free), but I rarely use it on the XBox — certainly not often enough to justify paying Microsoft for the privilege. I couldn’t care less about ESPN3, but if I really want it, I can watch it on my computer (for free). And that upcoming Hulu Plus service? Oops, my TV already does that as well. For free.

    (As a side note, it has continually amazed me that Microsoft thinks they can charge me money to access *someone else’s content* — not one of those features is content from Microsoft, the only thing that Microsoft does is act as a gateway. But, surprise, other devices have caught up, and it seems those manufacturers don’t feel the need to charge a premium to let me access someone else’s content. Funny, that.)

    So it looks like the only thing that I get out of my LIVE Gold subscription is online play. I’m not really a huge fan of online play anyway, but you know what? I can play online on my PS3 for free as well. So it looks like I’ll be buying those titles that I want to play online on the PS3 from now on. (And those Microsoft-exclusive titles? Oh well, I never much liked Halo anyway.)

    So congratulations, Microsoft. Not only have you made me realize that I don’t really need or want to continue to pay for your subscription service, you’ve driven more of my game purchases over to the PS3 as well. Unless you come up with something to truly amaze me, rather than just continuing to try to charge me for access to other people’s content (which I can get for free elsewhere), I won’t be renewing when my current subscription runs out.

  • Devilman One

    Let me just say that I am more than capable of paying an extra $10 for LIVE but I really don’t understand the timing of this announcement. What extra options are being added to justify the new cost? I have been a loyal supporter since MS first announced they were making a console. I was there day one waiting in line for the original xbox along with 5 launch titles. Jump to the xbox 360 launch and I was there as well and bought 4 launch titles and 4 controllers. Jump a few years later and 5 xbox 360 consoles later and I can honestly say my love for the brand is in jeapordy. I have converted so many people to the xbox camp over the years, now I don’t know anymore. I’ve had a PS3 for about a year and hardly play it but I think it’s time I give it a fair try and will also be trying out their premium service. Oh and I’ve also read alot of rumors about why the xbox isn’t getting FF14 and if it’s true well that’s another reason why I’ll be on the PS3 more when it launches. I don’t know, not trying to be petty or whiny, I know this is a business but I’m just really really disappointed. I don’t want to see the xbox 360 slip into 3rd place but at this rate I believe it will only be a matter of time. I will also be canceling my automatic renewal……..once I figure it out @_@

  • ObamaWouldVeto

    ugh. Good thing I’ve got another couple of years of live stacked. 3 year limit sucks. I jump on every deal for live I can find, whether it be 3 months for 5$ on newegg once, or years for 25 as the daily deal on ebay, or even free one months from netflix.

    I never have paid the ridiculous price of 50$ a month, and don’t plan on paying now.

  • Tirkon

    I already pay $35 per year for an ever extending warranty contract, also known as my XBox lease (I’ve had to repair 8 times since 2005). Add $60 for a gold subscription. So, without even buying one game, it takes nearly $100 per year just to keep my XBox running? I think I’ll go to another platform. You can definetly forget any revenue from online centric games from now on. Thanks for the good times. Its been a good 6 years, but I’m not feeling the value anymore.

  • NeoVampyre

    Wow 24hrs later and approx 765 post most of which are saying how bad this is! (listen to your public!) Luckly I’ve just renewed my subscription out of some wierd loyality to MS even though I rarely play online anyway?!? But in case you just cannot be bothered doing a full UK breakdown and the UK will also have the full price increse for the 12 month subscription then it will also be my last year, not only for live but for Xbox which I have been using since 2002.

    I may have just renewed my subs but I soon have to renew my Cell Phone contract (what,eh?).
    In the UK a lot of cell phone companies offer things with contracts, such as free console and I am considering such deals, so if I do I can have a free PS3 then also free online gaming ’cause afterall MS has offered me less and less in content, services and even game releases and at least the PS3 has an internet browser included, lol!

  • Lanmanna

    @Gears of Monkey

    You are backing up Microsoft and you don’t even have Gold.

  • iSlaughter Nano

    I just want to play games online, like I can for free with any shooter on my PC. With an active Netflix account, streaming is free on tons of other devices. That’s not really an Xbox Live feature. Facebook is free, Last.fm is free, PC game demos are free, and why am I paying for ESPN when I don’t watch sports? Also: Hulu Plus, like Netflix, is a 3rd party paid service that is free to use on any standard PC.

    My suggestion would be offering the media services as a higher priced tier above the online gaming/voice chat/party features. Online gaming accounts for 90% of my Xbox Live usage, and I don’t feel right paying for the software and server infrastructure of a fleet of media services I don’t want or use.

  • Ghost Bear

    You have to be kidding, really a price hike?! I have been a paying member of Xbox Live since BETA…and this is how your going to be to me. I am so sick and tired of getting gouged for being a gamer with Xbox. Every stupid little thing costs MS points and all the damn advertising I am subjected to for a paid sub. There is NO value here. I won’t be renewing my sub with Xbox Live!!!

  • Wahrnye

    I’ve been on the fence regarding renewing my Live subscription for quite a while. Honestly, if it hadn’t been for Borderlands and Halo 3: ODST in the last year, I probably would have already let it lapse.

    I realize value is a subjective concept but, to me, Xbox Live wasn’t much of a value at $49.99. Many of these “new” features in the last year and a half, including Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, and Last.FM, can be accessed, out-of-the-box, with internet enabled TVs and through easily obtainable, free, applications for most major smartphone OS’s. ESPN3.com is sometimes free depending on whether or not your cable or satellite provider is one of the partner subsidizers of ESPN3’s online component. The online gaming component is nothing more than a matchmaking service for P2P gaming or an authentication server for third-party publisher dedicated server hosts (eg. EA) and VoIP is strictly peer-to-peer.

    The few things which have been added in the last two years which did add significant value to being a Gold subscriber were things such as 1 vs. 100 Live, Primetime Channel and Game Room. Let’s recap what’s happened to those, respectively: Cancelled, pulled, and languishing in mediocrity.

    I’m not unreasonable and expect XBL to be free. Storage and on-demand delivery of content does cost a lot to operate, a fact I know well from professional experience. However, Microsoft is seeing money by the truckload with Xbox Live, a fact that was confirmed back in July with the announcement that it had cleared $1Bn in revenue with a 65% profit margin for Microsoft. Selling advertising plays heavily in that revenue number, alongside recurring revenue from subscriptions. There’s really no justification for this increase, not even factoring for inflation.

    So, thank you, Major, for helping me to make up my mind. I checked my account and I’m good through December 2010 which is more than enough time to get burned out on Halo: Reach’s multiplayer. Afterward, I’m done; Not only am I not renewing but I’m currently in the process of liquidating my 360 game collection outside of the Halo and Gears franchises. I’ve been too heavily invested in the 360 for the last couple of years, and far too heavily invested in Xbox Live since 2003 and this, really, is the final straw after years of defending shoddy hardware, having to buy multiple console units, and nickle-and-dime accessory practices.

  • deffjams09

    lol at gold members from Australia and other countries that pay more. Just because you let Microsoft take you from behind, doesn’t mean the rest of us should!

  • VENOM MADNESS

    I cant wait until this goes into affect and riff raff are weeded out. YYYEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS MS please move the date up so I dont have to wait. Thank you

  • pookiedawombat

    Here’s the thing: I know for me, I don’t really play a lot of multiplayer games at the moment, but of all the features you get on a Gold account, that is the only one I’d utilize in the future. Problem here is that XBOX competitors allow this feature for free on their systems and most of the other things (FB and twitter, etc) you can do as well from say a wii, or better still, from your computer.

    I guess ultimately if you are a heavy multiplayer and XBOX Live event participant then the extra 10 a month won’t kill you, but I’m not too sure Microsoft is making that great of a case anymore for there to even be a subscription service for the things they offer under it. Kinda greedy for the most part these days, or at least that is how it comes off. Apologies to you for even being on the front lines of this one since its obvious you’re not the one in the big leather chairs making these kinds of decisions, but yeah. :/

  • x Obstruction x

    You spend 60$ a year on live, this is 5$ a month, lol EVEN RUNESCAPE DOES THIS DO YOU SEE THAT “RUNESCAPE” They are limited to ONE game ONE!!! ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    You play xbox, so many features, thousands of games, you can log in as many hours as you feel in any given day, any given month, but, when they up the price to 60$ you moan the world is over just do me a favor sell me all of your xbox games for 10$ each and jump ship to playstation 3 because I assure you, you may find some good games but, for online gaming sony has nothing going for it.

    Plus they are upgrading the xbox voice system from a rumor I think but, I hope its true.

  • x Obstruction x

    You spend 60$ a year on live, this is 5$ a month, lol EVEN RUNESCAPE DOES THIS DO YOU SEE THAT “RUNESCAPE” They are limited to ONE game ONE!!! ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    You play xbox, so many features, thousands of games, you can log in as many hours as you feel in any given day, any given month, but, when they up the price to 60$ you moan the world is over just do me a favor sell me all of your xbox games for 10$ each and jump ship to playstation 3 because I assure you, you may find some good games but, for online gaming sony has nothing going for it.

    Plus they are upgrading the xbox voice system from a rumor I think but, I hope its true.

  • LifeSong

    @x Obstruction x
    Announcement about Voice upgrade – http://goo.gl/68Jt

  • Wahrnye

    People who claim PS3’s online gaming has nothing going for it have clearly never touched the system and are blinded by pure fanboyism.

    REALITY CHECK TIME: The only thing PSN is lacking versus Xbox Live is cross-game chat, party chat and the ability to jump in to a multiplayer game straight from the dashboard. Everything else, every other aspect of online gaming, is parallel.

    Stay classy spreading half-truths fanboys. We all know the addage about fools and money. Enjoy shelling out more for less and for a fixed controller that should have been fixed in 2007.

  • Static Jak

    Just give us a fair choice Microsoft. That’s all most of us want. You think we should pay for add ons like Facebook and Twitter? Fine, but give us a choice outside of everything or nothing. It’s a gaming console afterall.

    Silver: Same as now. Free.

    Gold: Allows you to play MP, party chat features and the basics for playing games online. $45-50

    Gold Plus: Everything from Gold plus all the other features like Twitter, Facebook and so on. $60

  • The Phazer

    Inflationary increases happen, but holding it until now doesn’t look too smart in retrospect does it, with the economy in this state.

    The UK increase is silly – nobody buys the one month subs anyway, what do you get out of this other than bad publicity? You’d gain a lot more by reducing costs, by for instance stopping shipping out points cards and subs in jewel cases – which is simply insane, and terrible for the environment to boot.

    And please don’t try to justify inflationary increases with extra features. You just upset people that those features are completely rubbish. The Facebook and Twitter clients are complete disasters that don’t do the one bloody thing that would justify them – integrate and allow people to post their achievements or recommend content. Last.fm is not terribly worthwhile on a console that makes such a crazy amount of noise. You advertise services such as ESPN that aren’t even available to the majority of people affected by this change – why? That is bound to just piss people off, me included. Certainly in the UK your VOD services are terrible – Sky was the worse of all possible companies to partner with, if you’d delivered the terrestrial broadcasters catch up services you’d be much better off, but you’ve blown that by trying to make them gold only.

    MS needs to get a grip strategically – because this shows all the signs of insanely badly thought out business planning.

  • iainl7

    “nobody buys the one month subs anyway” Those who only occasionally play online games do. 90% or more of my gaming is single-player, because those are the sort of games I like, and it suits my (usually short) gaming times.

    Fortunately, you don’t need Gold to play multi-player on GFWL games, so I’ll stick to those for my Achievement-scoring online hit.

  • D33dles

    Maybe the price increase thing is just a early April Fools Day prank. Yes, that’s got to be it.

  • Muse fyi

    I’ve been a paying subscriber to Xbox Live since the original xbox. And this is how Microsoft thanks me for being a loyal customer for so long?

    I don’t even use all that nonsense that was added to Xbox Live and I’m being forced to pay extra for it.

    Fuck this shit.

  • Kill3rK1LL

    If your going to increase the price for xbox live then a bet u that a lot of people are going to get a ps3. Instead you guys should think about lowering down the price by doing so even more people will to buy a xbox 360, instead of increasing the cost and making more people buy a PS3.

  • DoggyDaddyX

    Yes, there should be different tiers…but I will be OK if ESPN and Hulu Plus are actually included with the +$10 gold. If I’m paying extra just to pay on top of that…then I’m not sure why I’m paying more.

    I still want to know if this affects the announced $99 Family Pack that goes live at the same time (November 1)!

  • NoBullet78

    I like how Nelsons blog is abnormally active lately and posted multiple stories in a short amount of time. Trying to push away a certain story off the front page?

  • Awetopsy

    This sucks for me in two ways.

    1) I have a single income for a family of four. This means I already have a tight budget for games. A live subscription was one thing I afforded myself. But now it means that if I want live, then I have to remove $10 off one of the maybe 3 games I buy per year, which means Ill only be able to buy 2, which means that Live really doesn’t hold any value for me with regards to playing games.

    2) Also, Im in Canada. I get none of the features and benefits that US gamers get. No last.fm, no netflix, no espn, no nothing. just earlier access to a few demos.

    I dont see how this benefits me in any way whatsoever and seriously makes me rethink getting my PS3 fixed and switching entirely to that.

  • NoBullet78

    Already saving up for a PS3 now. 2 years of XBL Gold already pays for half of a 160gb model. And in those 2 years I’ll be playing free online, the way its meant to be. Cya later, brainwashed shitlords.

  • SparroHawc

    I suspect that this price bump is going to cause a lot of people to realize that they are paying primarily for services that are free EVERYWHERE ELSE. Even the Wii does free online multiplayer, as horribly broken as it is.

  • Vega DD

    WTF!!!!

  • reyalP LGSO

    I have been a gold member of Xbox Live for some time… it shows a 7 on my profile.
    I am disappointed about the price increase but I was happy to see that MS was going to offer me a special deal because I am a loyal customer. Apparently, I can sign up for Xbox Live for $39.00 for the next year.
    I do have a question about the offer. Is the $39.00 price for me and others like me that have multiple years of gold membership on Xbox Live or is this deal available to EVERYONE that is currently a gold member on Xbox Live?
    If the deal is available to everyone on Xbox Live regardless of the number of years on the service, then I have another question. Is there any benefit or reward from MS for multiple years of being a gold member of Xbox Live? (game discounts, timed exclusives, DLC discounts, free games)

    Thank you

  • sk00ks

    Please, PLEASE put a tier system into effect. Your users have spoken. No one wants to pay for features they don’t use, so do us a favour Microsoft and actually listen to your consumers for a change. There is only so long you can string customers along for. Look at Sony at the start of this gen. They fell flat on their face because they made stupid decisions that alienated their customers. They made the silly mistake of assuming that the same, loyal PS2 userbase would follow them around no matter what. And they didn’t.
    You’re getting far, far too cocky Microsoft and even your most loyal customers can see it. Carry on like this and it won’t be long before you start losing money faster than you can siphon it.

  • ipodfreek

    Wow… I’ve never wanted to pay $50 for the service, so I guess Microsoft can just shove the $60 up their USB port. MS doesn’t have to raise the price, they are just getting greedy.

  • SadisticDeath4U

    I already turned atomatic renewal OFF.. Unless MS comes up with subcription plans that make sense I will not renew.. I dont care about ESPN, Netflix, Kinect, Facebook, Twitter,..etc etc. I use my 360 to play games.. Meaning I only use gold for the gaming features like party chat and online play.. I didnt like paying $50 for that in the firt place.. Not when I can game online for free on every other gaming device. So yeah screw MS and the 360.. make an option for people like me where its cheaper or I am just going to cut my losses and sell my 360 and games and just play games on my PC/PS3/Wii…

  • pyoobez

    It seems to me Microsoft is padding its bank accounts for the inevitable failure of Kinect. This is really stupid. Maybe if 1 vs. 100 had stuck around… maybe if Joy Ride had been free as advertised last year… Maybe if there weren’t advertisements all over the dashboard… It just seems Microsoft is taking and taking without giving us anything. Facebook? Twitter? Last.fm? ESPN3? Sorry, I have access to all of these through my PC/ISP. Plus, $60 for a year when families can get 4 accounts for $100? C’mon. I understand the concept of discounts on “bulk deals”… but charging us over twice as much? This is incredibly lame. I’ll be seriously debating renewing my subscription in 2011.

    Oh, and Microsoft better hope that the rumors of Call of Duty and such going to subscriptions themselves doesn’t play out.

  • eragle

    I don’t know, maybe I’m naive. I just think that this price increase is nominal and what I get in return is entirely worth it. I watch Netflix, listen to last.fm or stream music or movies via Zune to the xbox.

    You would think by the reaction here that the pricing had been doubled. Microsoft does a great job in streamlining this entire thing. It works really, really well. I can only imagine that the phone to Live experience will be just as seamless. Everybody should just relax. If you don’t like the service, go elsewhere. But don’t think for a second that if PSN or Wii thinks they can pull it off, that they won’t be charging for full access as well. It would be naive to think otherwise.

  • JerkStoleMyName

    I want to first clarify that I’m okay with a price increase as long as it’s justifiable. However, I can’t think of anything current that justifies it. Which isn’t to say that nothing will come out by then, on that day, or in the future to make it worth the new price point. That’s simply bad marketing and, for that, they deserve flak. I expect more from Microsoft, especially with them in contention with Sony.

    Now, to ANYONE who disagrees (I come across at least one person a page who thinks people should “quit complaining”), I would LOVE to hear your valid argument because, at this point, you don’t have one. First of all, everyone’s issue isn’t that they’re raising the price; it’s the reason. They’re arrogant enough to say that the “new features,” which technically aren’t new to us, only new to Live, are worth charging for. That’s a load of crap. Secondly, and this ties into the first one, everything available on Live has either already been available since the beginning, is available already for FREE as a service elsewhere, or already COSTS money elsewhere.

    -Facebook: already free. Everywhere. Name a medium and it connects to FB. I don’t need to list them. It’s pointless to have on Live in the first place.
    -Last.fm: already free. This is probably their most-used add-on, save Netflix, which I’ll go ahead and mention.
    -Netflix: we already pay for. The Watch Now feature is also already available on PCs. I HIGHLY doubt Microsoft pays Netflix for usage, so it doesn’t cost them a dime.
    -ESPN: as with everything else already, free. Who uses this anyway? Honestly? What’s the percentage?
    -Twitter: free. I’m seeing a trend here.
    -Demos & videos: free and DESIGNED that way so people can test the game out, create hype, and make us want to spend the money on the full version.
    -Zune: I haven’t checked recently on how much a Zune costs to buy, but along with that you also have to pay for their service already.
    -Avatars: on the off-chance it gets mentioned. I laughed after the update. Honestly, to me, a waste of software and time. The Wii already did it and with Sony’s Home somewhere on the horizon, this pales in comparison. I didn’t pay $300+ for an Xbox and Live subscription to dress my Avatar; I bought them to [i]play games.[/i]

    Here’s something random: what the hell happened to 1v100? That MIGHT be worth paying a bit more for, as long as it stays constant and doesn’t go away off and on like a kid who’s bipolar and didn’t take their meds. Here’s another one: how can you even get off on trying to justify increasing the price in other countries that don’t even have the same functionality WE do? I’ve lost count how many of those posts I’ve come across.

    Ultimately, adding a little functionality that’s already available everywhere doesn’t constitute a price increase. If I missed something, by all means, tell me. I’m all ears. Otherwise, you need a better reason than that, because my auto-renew is set to [Off], the same as several of my friends. There needs to be something worth it on the horizon or, from the sound of things, a chunk of your customers will start looking at other consoles and platforms, especially with no more Halo’s in production (which was, after all, what made the Xbox so successful). It’s your move, Microsoft.

    -Jerk

  • TANK 2old2play

    I call BS. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter, won’t be using HuLu, not buying Kinect and can’t really see using ESPN since i don’t watch sports to begin with. So why exactly am i being charged $10/year more to just play games? YOu haven’t added anything that’s benefiting me that uses the console just for gaming.

    WHy didn’t you guys add a Platinum membership level instead which includes all the media/social nonsense for those that use it for 60/year and leave Gold alone for what it is, multiplayer gaming level for 50/year.

    Greed greed greed, just never stops. Have you guys perhaps heard the news that we’re in a depression? No? Read a newspaper once in a while.

  • VENOM MADNESS

    Please move the date up

  • LifeSong

    @JerkStoleMyName
    I would like to hear the reasoning behind the price increase but I also believe they probably have good reason behind it and are not just out to take advantage of their customers. Costs increase as they add more and more support and improve functionality to their services. If that was the case I think you would have seen the price increased in the past. Also, this doesn’t take effect for about a year for most existing customers so they won’t see a big increase from this for at least a year.

    They decided to get rid of 1 vs 100 but are going to be replacing it with another game that has yet to be announced. This was hinted at in one of their podcasts.

    You may think you are just getting the same service you have always gotten, but I would have to believe that there have been lots of improvements that you probably don’t know about that occur behind the scenes.

    I can agree that I shouldn’t have to pay for things I don’t use and think that a tiered pricing format could be a good thing. Either way, I pay for Xbox Live to play online games. As a benefit of paying for that, I am given the ability to use Netflix and other programs on my Xbox. These programs are my reward for paying for their service…that is not something I feel I am paying for. I know you can argue that differently, but that is how I look at it since most of my time online is spent playing Games. That being said, I don’t mind the $10 price increase since they provide a great service to me as a customer.

  • NoBullet78

    @VENOM MADNESS
    I agree. Move the date up. Give Sony a head start on more PS3 sales.

  • Destromas

    Does no one else find it odd that on every other platform, you have full access to a game? Only here do we need to pay Microsoft to use online multiplayer, a feature developers choose to implement in their games. No wonder Scott Pilgrim and Shank are local co-op only, they don’t want to lock people out of an enjoyable experience because of greed, right?

  • Supreme Entity

    QUOTE FROM eolh93

    “Well, I guess maybe I should thank Microsoft for raising the price, as it has caused me to re-evaluate and realize that I don’t need or want a Live Gold subscription anymore. Now that my PS3, my Wii, and even my TV itself can do Netflix (all for free), Microsoft no longer has me by the balls for that one. I have no interest in having Twitter or Facebook on my TV, and if I suddenly have a change of heart, my TV does those as well (for free). Last.fm is nice on my computer (for free), but I rarely use it on the XBox — certainly not often enough to justify paying Microsoft for the privilege. I couldn’t care less about ESPN3, but if I really want it, I can watch it on my computer (for free). And that upcoming Hulu Plus service? Oops, my TV already does that as well. For free.

    (As a side note, it has continually amazed me that Microsoft thinks they can charge me money to access *someone else’s content* — not one of those features is content from Microsoft, the only thing that Microsoft does is act as a gateway. But, surprise, other devices have caught up, and it seems those manufacturers don’t feel the need to charge a premium to let me access someone else’s content. Funny, that.)

    So it looks like the only thing that I get out of my LIVE Gold subscription is online play. I’m not really a huge fan of online play anyway, but you know what? I can play online on my PS3 for free as well. So it looks like I’ll be buying those titles that I want to play online on the PS3 from now on. (And those Microsoft-exclusive titles? Oh well, I never much liked Halo anyway.)

    So congratulations, Microsoft. Not only have you made me realize that I don’t really need or want to continue to pay for your subscription service, you’ve driven more of my game purchases over to the PS3 as well. Unless you come up with something to truly amaze me, rather than just continuing to try to charge me for access to other people’s content (which I can get for free elsewhere), I won’t be renewing when my current subscription runs out.

    END OF QUOTE

    This man pretty much sums it all up and voices my opinion.

    Microsoft, you either Tier your services: Silver = free, Gold = $40/online play, party chat, Gold Plus aka Platinum = $60 Same as Gold but with Twitter/Last.fm/Facebook or you will lose everyone here.

  • ChiLobster

    the reason they don’t have a different price for online gaming only vs all the rest of the crap is because probably less than 1% of the user base would pay for any of that garbage.

    lets face it, the majority of the people want to play games online. period. another large percentage want to stream netflix. after that, users of the other stuff is probably in the single digits.

    both of those are free on ps3. so why people think its just wonderful that ms only charges $50 a year for this i don’t know.

    if sony was smart they would run some sort of deal where you could trade in your xbox and get $150 off a ps3, and for every game you traded in you could get 50% off the same ps3 title. because the fact is, people are so invested in xbox at this point, not many people are going to ditch $1000+ setups over $10 a year. and that is exactly what they count on.

  • NoBullet78

    @Supreme Entity
    “Silver = free, Gold = $40/online play, party chat,”
    ——-
    Oh my god can someone please explain why you guys think you should still be paying for peer-to-peer online gaming? Microsoft is laughing at you because in youre “bright” ideas, youre STILL willingly wanting to pay MS for online gaming, when its supposed to be free.
    =======
    Silver- Online, voice chat= Free
    Gold- Online, voice chat and everything else= $60
    =======
    THAT’s how it should be.

  • o0 HERO 0o

    REALLY MICROSOFT……….COME ON. I’m not angry that I have to pay for Live, I am angry that you spew BS out of your mouth about the content you provide for that. What are you going to give me for the extra $10…….MORE ADDS, that most of my Live service now. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!

  • Supreme Entity

    @NoBullet78

    I understand what you’re saying and I actually agree with you, but you and I both know Microsoft isn’t going to do that, EVEN if I/you like your idea better. I’m simply implying that even if we do have to pay to play online, they need a different strategy or tiered service.

    I have all three systems (PS3, Wii, 360) and I realize it’s free to play online on other systems and on a PC, but like you said, even though it should be free to play online (via 360), MICROSOFT isn’t going to give in.

  • Smkymtnkid

    You suck! Raising rates? BS! The price should go down, not up! In this economy you are gonna run your customers off. Playstation still has free online multiplayer. Twitter sucks, Facebook sucks, you cancelled 1 vs 100, how do you possibly think a price increase is warranted? You suck!

  • Draincs

    I think it is time for a tiered service. I really only want to play online with my friends and access The Guild episodes on Zune, and perhaps some of the inside xbox stuff. I don’t care about facebook and twitter on the xbox. So make a silver, gold and platinum subscription perhaps.

    I don’t like the fact that I already see ads in my dashboard, will this increase guarantee that I won’t see another ad?
    I’m not going to cancel my subscription but it is going to make me seriously think about it when it comes time to renew in a year or so.

 
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