I just got off the phone from cancelling my xbox live subscription that has been going for over 10 years now in a combination of apathy (haven't even turned on my xbox in months) and protest over the Xbox one. I really wanted to know if anyone else has done the same thing and why.
I'll probably let it end in a couple months. Partially because I don't really play online games anymore, and the fact that I won't be getting an X1 at launch (I wasn't going to get a 360 either, until the PS3's price was originally announced). Not to mention I really like what I'm getting out of PS+.
I'll see how the PS4/Vita train holds up for the next year or so.
Why would you waste time calling and cancelling? You dont get money back. Just dont use the service. I don't use my live a lot either but I'm not going to call them and spend hours turning it off. It's not cable.I dont undestand articles I see about saving money on cable, my way to save is to not have cable. If you want to save money on xbox live dont re-up. You should get PS-Plus that shit will save you money all year son. I was going to buy Uncharted 3 but Best Buy was out, so I waited and now it's free on PS-Plus. It's like buying a set of knives and getting a second set free. You don't get free knives on Xbox Live. Man fuck it I'm out. I'm tweeting nelson and cancelling.
Haven't played online with LIVE for a long time and rightly determined approximately two years ago that it wasn't worth keeping around for me. I'm not subscribed to anything video games related aside from this right now, but I might become a PS+ member soon!
Yeah, like two years ago.
And who uses the phone for things like these this day and age?
Ditto. I don't log in for half of the free Gold weekends either. Played Bioshock Infinite during the last one.
A: People who are still actually willing to give their credit cards to platform holders. Because Microsoft ended a short lived consumer friendly policy where you could cancel XBL (or even something so roughneck as turning off Auto-Renew) via their website. Because, on the phone they can ask why, and talk a-number-greater-than-zero people out of it.
I didn't comprehend just how ridiculous this subscription system was so my Live Sub ended 1 month after I purchased the 360 console (first month was free, yay). Thankfully all my friends were either PC users and/or PS3 users so I wasn't bamboozled into continuing the subscription to play with them.
There is also the case of MS wanting to make it so damned awkward to cancel and even swith off auto renewl at times. I have had it myself that the only way to cancel, switch off auto renewl and more importantly get them to remove my card info off my account is to call up.
Then they made that a chore by every two minutes trying to convince Its a bad idea and Ill be missing out on "all our wonderfull services!"
Why would I cancel it a day away from finally learning about the games that Microsoft is going to be releasing? Though I can understand dropping it for the summer if your subscription is almost up since there isn't much that's going to be released till August, and even longer if you only play exculsives on 360.
@fearbeard: Its more that its twofold. In that its a message that really really no matter what they announce I'm done with multiplayer on the 360. The only things I want coming out on the 360 are Halo 2 HD if that exists and Fable HD I'm done my 360 collection is complete and multiplayer on that thing is dead to me. It's not that I'm really all that pissed about the XBone but why not use that as a rallying cry to say I'm done with this console and your service.
I did a few months ago. The sad thing is I've had it for a good 2 or 3 years now, and I literally made any use out of Gold maybe one time, one day playing like 20 minutes of Halo: Reach multi. Otherwise, the shitty website gave me an error after multiple attempts for over a year trying to turn off auto-renew, and I don't like phones, so I was lazy about calling to cancel... until two months ago. Yep, I'm dumb, and Microsoft got 10 bucks from me for nothing for 3 years.
Seemed like a bad service to me from the start, at least as someone who owns an OK PC and a PS3.
Im close to doing it but i figured id give them until tonight to wow me into either, keeping it for the 360 or (unlikely) convincing me to buy a cross bone and carrying my account over. At this point im seriously considering cancelling and resubbing to the Playstation version, you get free games over there i hear!
I turned off the auto-renewal a few months ago, I think it runs out this month or next. My Xbox has been seeing much less play this year and I was getting fed up with where the money was going. If you don't live in the US, basically the only things you get from gold are being able to participate in Deal of the Week (and Microsoft overcharges for MSP outside of the US) and being able to play online. Can't help but see it this point as $35-$60 a year for a bunch of apps only Americans can use, and it especially seems that the Americans are the only ones Microsoft care about after the Xbox One announcement's press conference. In conjuction with that is just having my interest in multiplayer games waning, and as a result they've lost my subscription. Haven't switched to PS+ quite yet since I don't have any hard drive space left on my PS3, so the pool of games system just makes for memory management issues; I'll likely end up subscribing when the PS4 comes out, assuming it's anywhere near as good as it is now.
I didn't renew after 5 years of using it simply because most of my friends stopped playing games and I myself have lost interest in most competitive online games.
It had nothing to do with a silent protest or anything, I just wasn't playing a lot of games online anymore so there was no point in getting it.
Although I know it will sound like sacrilege I often times view my Giant Bomb gold membership as similar to Xbox Live Gold in many ways.
I was never really into Live but cancelled last year. I was taking advantage of their sales they were having for £1 a month but some weird shit happened and my security locked me out on my comp(says I'm not using the correct PC when I haven't changed comp?) so I had to call them to cancel.
I do have PS+ however. I find it a more worthwhile service and I can play what I want without feeling like I'm wasting money whereas with Live I felt like I needed to be online more regularly to justify having it.
I'm not even a fan of XB360 anymore, but even I see a reason to keep paying...
If you aren't buying an Xbox One you will probably want to be playing something. Sure, if you don't use it cancell away...but out of protest? Well that might not last long if keep playing your XB360, and why switch to PS3 now. If you plow the money you'd save into buying a PS3 and buying games you're not saving money.
Again, I'm no fan of Microsoft, but I just think it is honest to pointing out they have you by the short hairs if you have invested years and money into the platform. That is why Microsoft's for Xbox One will work on millions of people; the fear of tossing away games, the subscription to play online, and friend lists is than just being cattle to a corporation. There are people so deep down the rabbit hole that they simply will stick with XBOX even if the box costs more, even if XBL raises in price, even if they can't own games, and even if PS4 allows everything XBox One doesn't. A worse deal from every angle, but they would grab it and defend that choice because anything else scares them.
Haven't paid in over 2 years. There's always a scam to get free months or 48 hour codes. I only need to be in party chat because a load of us have got an online film club where we each choose a film in rotation. I threw "Bad Boy Bubby" into the mix and that got me loads of flak because quite a few of them are excruciatingly empty. If you make me watch "Fast Five" you'd better be prepared to watch "Caribbean Papaya" as payback.