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Xbox 360 Xbox Live subscription price is increasing!

Discussion in 'Microsoft' started by dimmerwit, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. dimmerwit

    dimmerwit Tremendously High Energy Member Premium Member

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  2. Heretic Monkey

    Heretic Monkey Been here 10 years and only 4.6k posts?

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    I don't know if i'd necessarily call it "cashing in". At the risk of sounding like i've been drinking the kool-aid, i actually understand why they're raising prices. XBL has been up for so long now it has an INSANE amount of content on it. Can you imagine how much bandwidth it takes to maintain all that content while reliably handling all the connections and downloads?

    Considering it's really less than an additional dollar a month for a year long subscription, i don't really see it as a major issue </billy mays>
     
  3. Spiner202

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    So as long as I renew yearly it stays the same for me? I guess that's ok :D

    Also, Heretic; while I'm sure the amount of content continually increases, they are taking things off of XBL. The Madden '07 Gamerpics and Themes (both of which I have) are no longer available. I'm not sure how many other games this has been done for.
     
  4. Warp

    Warp Loves Everything Moderator

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    Weren't all of Midway's XBLA games taken down? There was also that system in place where arcade games that failed to meet a certain "sell-through" would be removed from the service, though I've honestly not cared to pay attention to which ones have gone down -- if any.

    It's probably going to be the same deal as usual, though. People that buy these things at retail get taken advantage of, while those of us that browse online shops consistently get them for $15-$20 cheaper. My subscription ends in April; if Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc., fail to have a price I'm willing to pay by then (sub-$40), then I just won't renew.

    Wondering what that "Family Plan" thing is going to be bundled at after this. I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be four 1-year Gold accounts for $100, but that seems totally unrealistic reading this.
     
  5. The_Game_Master

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    As of yet I haven't found a feature that uses gold that I actually use other than online play.

    That increased sound quality later this year better be worth it then.
     
  6. Supplice

    Supplice I went slow once and it was awful. Premium Member

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    So you're paying more for advertisements that Microsoft is cashing in on constantly and a peer to peer gaming experience, the majority of which being matchmaking-type group systems, leading to an overall horrid experience filled with cheaters and children.
    You'd think that Microsoft would have some common courtesy and NOT pull a fast one on the sheep that use XBL.
     
  7. Cardinal

    Cardinal trilla than a bitch

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    Solution:

    stock up on 1 year cards at the current price.
     
  8. dimmerwit

    dimmerwit Tremendously High Energy Member Premium Member

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    It isn't major I guess. Like others have said, stocking up on old cards is a solution and you never have to pay full price if you get cards delivered to you from the interwebs.

    The problem I have with it is the things added to the service don't really justify increasing the price. Facebook/Twitter just replicate what can be done on numerous other devices, and less successfully. Netflix and Sky are nice additions but you still have to pay for a Netflix/Sky subscription, and I don't think the content is stored on MS's servers anyway (although even if it is, why should I pay for someone else's subscription bandwith?).

    Steam has pretty much all the features of Live, and PSN is catching up fast, and both are free. Live is probably the best service out there, but it's rivals are offering similar features for free and I don't think they can justify raising the price for what they've added.

    Also, it's money grabbing because the price has been raised just before Kinect, but long enough before so that the casual market who will (hopefully for MS) buy Kinect won't realise it.
     
  9. PsychoMantis

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    They aren't stored on Microsoft's servers.

    I agree, but I am still going to buy it. Like you and lots o' others have said the xbox live cards are always on sale. Besides, the stupid people who buy xbox live through their 360s for $50 every year (like me) are still probably going to buy it again for $60. (like me) I don't think it is a big deal; it kind of sucks that I have to pay $10 more, but whatevs. Microsoft is going to make more money, good for them.
     
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  10. dimmerwit

    dimmerwit Tremendously High Energy Member Premium Member

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    Oh I agree. Almost everyone who currently pay $50 will end up paying $60. I don't think it makes it right just to say that it will happen, but it will...

    I cancelled my subscription (by not renewing that is) for other reasons anyway, so it's not like I will be affected.
     
  11. Supplice

    Supplice I went slow once and it was awful. Premium Member

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    Not to mention...PS3 can eventually have Steam Cloud support. Valve is talking about it.
     
  12. Tokolozi

    Tokolozi Registered User

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    dahm you guys worry about a 10 dollar increase in Belgium they cost 60 Euros that's about 70 dollars
     
  13. Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin DON'T. TRADE. Premium Member

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    Can't say I see an issue in being annoyed by a price hike when the service remains flooded with a million ads. Just because you pay more doesn't mean us Americans want or even need to.