Still on the fence with this XBL price hike, and here’s why…
Microsoft is claiming that they’re increasing the price of Live because of added features and “toys”. Those toys?
- Better Netflix integration – Minimum $8.99 outside XBL fee
- ESPN3 Integration – Requires subscription from cable company (Probably a minimum of $50 to get that bad boy)
- Hulu Plus integration – $10 a month outside XBL fee
- Video Kinect with Friends and Family – Minimum $150 Kinect purchase outside XBL fee
The free stuff?
- “Early” access to game demos
- Facebook and Twitter (already free)
- “Exclusive Discounts” on….what?
- Play games online with friends (this really should be standard at this point in time, and free)
That being said, I’m still going to pay to access XBL Gold, and I still stick by my theory that Amazon and buy.com and walmart.com are still going to put the 12-month cards on sale at the holidays, and I’m still going to stock up on them to avoid paying the extra price. Everyone who said “it’s a business” is right. Microsoft has never made any bones about making money. $5 a month is still a pretty darn good deal, considering how much we do actually get for that service. Yes, it IS plastered with ads, but as others have said, so is Hulu and Youtube and Cable Television, and Pornhub.
@cgrajko ESPN3 usually streams big event-type games. I’m pretty sure ESPN3 was streaming The Masters, and usually tends to stream College Football for folks (like me) whose team gets blacked out where they live. They also have really obscure shit, like table tennis and badminton. Also, why is Badminton spelled with two n’s?