Microsoft Raising Xbox Live Subscription Cost

#151 Posted by cassus (388 posts) -

Well as long as their matchmaking system continues to be the best in the business, I'll gladly pay more.
 
oh wait, no.. it's fucking rubbish.

#152 Posted by iiNF3RNo (214 posts) -

not that big of a deal
#153 Posted by SilenceUK (330 posts) -
@bretthancock said:
"If I'm set to auto-renew on November 14th and I buy the renewal for 40 dollars, does that change my renewal date to the day of purchase or does it go into affect on November 14th? "

goes from when the last expires
#154 Posted by phoenixflames (58 posts) -

After reading this I decided to turn off my automatic renewal of Gold. 
  
I rarely play multiplayer games because of the well known community experience playing with the general public. I like to play with friends and I have a small friends list, and we all play games at different times. 
  
Nowadays, the only thing I really get out of the my Gold subscription is the better interface for Netflix than my PS3, and the PS3 is apparently getting it's own disc-less application around the same time as the price increase for Gold. 
 
I'm newly married and a new home owner, and my wife and are I trying to pinch every penny in this difficult economy. I'm trying my best to be smart with my game purchases, and I'm increasingly finding it more difficult to find time to play. 
 
With lack of gaming friends, netflix soon in the PS3, watching my spending, and free multiplayer on PS3 I can no longer justify my Gold Subscription let alone a price increase. 
 
My Gold will run out at the end of November, just enough time to enjoy the little bit of Halo: Reach multiplayer I was going to play anyway. 
 
Let me just add... What a pain in the ass just to turn off the Auto Renewal. 
I went onto the subscription page and clicked on the Auto Renewal, and I had to confirm the turn off through three additional web pages. 
  
1. Click ON on auto renewal. 
2. Are you sure? You'll lose access to Netflix, facebook, ESPN, Online multiplayer, etc....  Clicked Next 
3. Are you sure? We have these games out or coming out that have multiplayer... Halo Reach, Red Dead, Crackdown 2, Lara Croft, Modern Warfare.... Clicked Next 
4. Are you sure? Maybe we can get you to keep your service with a year subscription card, or 3 months, or 1 month?... Clicked Next. 
5. Oh... well, we're sorry you decided to leave. Better get your money's worth of Gold before it runs out on you. 
 
Really bad experience Microsoft... I used to get all my games on 360 except for Sony exclusives because I liked Live and achievements more. I'm reversing that now. Halo, Gears and Fable... everything else I'm buying for Playstation now.

#155 Posted by FlipperDesert (2106 posts) -

Great! They timed this so perfectly with the moment that I stopped giving a fuck about my 360 and primarily started playing PC games. Thanks Microsoft for the encouragement to make the switch!

#156 Posted by Yzzerdd (521 posts) -

Major Nelson is the secret biggest doucebag in gaming, I can't stand the way he passive aggressively delivers Microsot's horseshit like this.

#157 Posted by Robo (817 posts) -

So what do we get for this increase? Are they cutting back on ads, adding more content? Lowering prices on DLC/videos/games?
 
I hardly touch my 360 as it is and it's rare that I'm playing a game online when I do. This could be the final push I need to skip the Gold subscription until something comes out that makes it more worthwhile.

#158 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -
@bretthancock said:
" If I'm set to auto-renew on November 14th and I buy the renewal for 40 dollars, does that change my renewal date to the day of purchase or does it go into affect on November 14th? "
It should stack. If you add 1 year now your current subscription would expire on Nov 14, 2011.
#159 Posted by MachoFantastico (4890 posts) -

Seriously, bad move Microsoft. But they know fools will pay it. What angers me the most is that even with these subscriptions Microsoft still throw adverts in my face and offer little in return. While I had already intended not to resubscribe when my time runs out, this gives me even more reason not to resubscribe.  
 
I pray, that my fellow gamers have sense and take action against this. 

#160 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
@DukeTogo said:
" @ch13696 said:
" @baron_calamity said:
" What happens is I switch my account from gold to silver? "
Back in 2008 I tried doing that and they said that it was impossible. If I don't pay, either my account will continue to be suspended or I would have to cancel my account all together. Basically creating a new account. I don't know if it's different now, but that's basically what happened. "
I call BS, I've gone from gold to silver and back a few times with no such hassle.  If you go to your account and mark it to not renew, you will automatically go to a silver account.  You can then go back to gold at anytime for however long you want, then mark it to not renew again. "
Like I said it was back in 2008. It was probably their way of keeping me on a gold account and it worked. You can call bull shit all you want. I don't use my 360 that much (thanks to red ringing) so I don't know every single feature on Xbox Live.
#161 Posted by shiro11 (65 posts) -

I have a 12 month pre paid card from amazon I got cheap, and wont be using it until MvC3 comes out. 
 
Kinda sad that they are charging this much for those "features" since lastfm / twitter / facebook pretty much suck on XBL, and you have to pay extra for hulu and netflix.

#162 Edited by EveretteScott (1533 posts) -
@Venatio said:

" Fuck You Microsoft  That's all "

Because you know, increasing the charge doesn't mean they'll add anything new, and we all know bandwidth is free, right, wink wink nudge nudge
#163 Edited by SharkMan (685 posts) -

this really sucks, why do we have to pay for the service and then pay for everything else on live, this is really freaking stupid. I hardly play any xbox games online anymore and i would only get gold for marketplace features, that i would have to pay extra for anyway.

#164 Posted by TekZero (2691 posts) -

When my subscription is up in March, I don't think I'll be renewing.  I don't play much online anyway and I went the first year or two on the 360 with no XBL at all. 

#165 Posted by MasterOfPenguins_Zell (2093 posts) -

I have to resubscribe in late September anyway. $10 doesn't really matter to me, especially since you can always find discounted 12 or 13 month cards on Amazon.

#166 Posted by Doubt (329 posts) -

Looks like 12 month xbox live card will be a christmas thing. 
 
or i could just say bye bye to multiplayer .

#167 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -
@CronoXtream said:
" what the hell do we get for paying an extra 10 bucks? "
Another day older and deeper in debt.
#168 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2537 posts) -

This doesn't really affect me... I get my XBL off of ebay... it's usually $30 for a 12-month card... sometimes $40
 
a much better deal than the $50 that they had...
 
I'm guessing with this price rise I might be getting them off of ebay for $40-$50 now.

#169 Posted by cmmholden (7 posts) -

that sucks.

#170 Posted by natetodamax (19220 posts) -
@Jeffsekai: The article was about Microsoft increasing subscription prices, which they are doing. It wasn't about Microsoft making the US pay as much as Canada. 
 
And knock off the pointless, random anti-american attitude. It doesn't help your argument whatsoever.
#171 Posted by chriskelly123 (177 posts) -

what... the ... fuck?!?!  this blows :(

#172 Posted by CosmicQueso (572 posts) -

Huh.  I think i get pretty good value for my Gold subscription.  And Amazon always has the Gold renewal cards for $10 or $20 off anyways. 
 
Cry more, people.  Sheesh.

#173 Posted by Fallen189 (5052 posts) -

99% of people complaining in this thread will still pay, because it's a negligible increase

#174 Posted by Yzzerdd (521 posts) -
@EveretteScott: Poor guys and their mountains of money!
#175 Edited by aproposshadows (182 posts) -

well it's been fun microsoft, but i'm going to the pc you just lost a customer after being with you for five years douchebags

#176 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

It's only $10.. calm down.

#177 Posted by Druminator (1687 posts) -

Damn Microsoft whores. No way I'd pay $10 a month to play third party games online when it's free on PSN.

#178 Posted by tinylanda (33 posts) -

Its about time everyone else started paying as much as those of us in Europe.. its always been around $60-70.. (Ireland anyway)

#179 Posted by CowboyBebopper (170 posts) -
@CosmicQueso:  Exactly how I feel.
#180 Posted by BulletStorm (489 posts) -
@Jeffsekai: Where the fuck are your Canadian manners dude? Would you kindly not justify crimes against one because you are a victim of such crime? 
 
"Aw man, Microsoft's stealing my moneys" 
 "They're already stealing my moneys, so it's okay that they're stealing your moneys" 
 
Its an unfair and fucking retarded mindset.
#181 Posted by ItsAJackal (149 posts) -

I love the internet.  It's so humorous to read.
 
If there was actually some competition, you realize this wouldn't happen...right?  But there is no console out there currently with a decent online matchmaking system other than MS.  So why not raise the price?  You lose 10% of subscribers (generous), but are raking in 20% more in fees...hmmmmmm...
 
How many of you complaining also play WoW?  Cause that's much cheaper...right?

#182 Posted by BunkerBuster (1042 posts) -

 I gotta say, I'm a little angry that Mexico only has to pay $45 dollars a year. 

#183 Posted by Jeffsekai (7054 posts) -
@natetodamax said:
" @Jeffsekai: The article was about Microsoft increasing subscription prices, which they are doing. It wasn't about Microsoft making the US pay as much as Canada.  And knock off the pointless, random anti-american attitude. It doesn't help your argument whatsoever. "
Why? All I ever see if Americans bitching about price increases when Canada has been paying that for ages now for no good reason.  
 
And again, there making the prices the exact same as Canada so I don;t see a problem with this. Seriously fail more America, bitch about the littlest things when you have been getting special treatment for the longest time. 
 
 
I expect better articles from giantbomb this shit like this. There is zero mention that the prices are now the same..I wonder why? Prolly because that would not get as many clicks.
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#184 Posted by uskomaton (89 posts) -

Well happy fucking birthday to me :(

#185 Posted by ptc (622 posts) -

Who pays retail price ?  I always wait for a deal from Amazon.  Last time I paid $29.99 for the year.  Deals like this will continue regardless of the retail price increase.  Maybe next time the deal will be $34.99 instead.  That's still pretty cheap in my book.
#186 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

I'm going to go on a hunch here and say that everyone will end up paying the extra $10. Remember when Activision raised the price on DLC? Yep, that sold a crap load. Take a look at World of Warcraft. Even though there's people out there that thinks it's about time that they stop charging for a game that's 6 years old, they still have over 10 million subscribers.

#187 Posted by Onno10 (405 posts) -

Looks like the euro isn't affected at all, great!

#188 Posted by notsonic (216 posts) -
@Jeffsekai said:
Oh Americans always so fucking dumb.    So you guys are mad because you're now paying what Canada has been paying since the start? despite our $ being the same or higher than yours for the past few years. Not to mention we pay an Extra 10$ on games for no reason.Seriously Americans can you be anymore retarded when it comes to getting made about price.    So I say again but lemme refine it.   I like how the article fails to mention that all this is doing is making Americans pay the same as Canada in terms of the 12 month.  GOTTA GET DEM CLICKS "

a price increase is a price increase. considering that giant bomb is a us based website, and the article is clearly in reference to a price hike for the us, i dont see what your problem is. just because there is now price parity between the us and canada is not in any way relevant.


stupid iceback.

#189 Posted by rav2002 (32 posts) -

Ahh glad I bought a couple of 12 month sub cards on the cheap recently.

#190 Posted by skunk (240 posts) -
@Scotto:  Yeah I hear that, I feel the exact same way. Mine runs out in a couple months and after that, i'm not renewing. Greedy ass Microsoft.
#191 Posted by Razoric (11 posts) -

 MS: "We are making millions in profit of XBL!" 

Xfans: "Woohoo! Grats!" 

MS: "Now give us $10 more."     

#192 Posted by TerraDelu (501 posts) -

I don't mind paying the extra money so long as there is a explanation. It feels like this is a "because we can" price hike. It is not as if there are LESS people on xbox live, they are still selling hundreds of thousands of new consoles a month! 

#193 Posted by Vandal (96 posts) -

Yet another reason not to renew my gold account. Doesn't really matter I enjoy my PS3 far more.

#194 Posted by LiquidPrince (16182 posts) -

It was already $59.99 in Canada.

#195 Posted by BulletStorm (489 posts) -
@CL60: If you don't get upset about 10 dollars the first time, then it'll go up 10 dollars again, and again and before you know it Xbox Live will cost like a hundred dollars a year.
#196 Posted by saroorhai (21 posts) -

I was not going to resubscribe anyway.  After the mess that was the MW2 release, I'm not spending money for LIVE.

#197 Posted by MajorToms (398 posts) -

Microsoft! I love you! You made my decision even easier!  
 
NOOOO, I will not be renewing at all, Major Nelson. Tell your boss, and your boss's boss that they are money hungry pigs that need to die in a fire. 
 
I will be doing my online gaming via PC. I was considering the purchase of a PS3 for sometime now, and I gotta say I would rather buy that at $199 and play online for free when I need to, playing other games not available on 360 or PC, than to pay $70 CAD for online play. I don't even use it enough to warrant the subscription. And I already pay for an internet subscription. Burn in hell.

#198 Posted by TimFReilly (98 posts) -

Who pays full price for XBL Gold?  You can get the cards now for like 30% off... will probably be similar for the new price.  Comes out to maybe $.50/month or something?  Not exactly expensive...

#199 Posted by nywt (440 posts) -
@Sadisticham: 
 
While I'm not disagreeing with you that the price increase sucks and the differences between the services provided by Xbox Live, PSN, and MMO's are minimal, on the very most basic of levels you are paying $180 a year to play one game whereas I can pay $60 a year to play nearly all of my games. Holy kind of looks like a run on sentence Batman!
#200 Posted by Jeffsekai (7054 posts) -
@notsonic said:
" @Jeffsekai said:
Oh Americans always so fucking dumb.    So you guys are mad because you're now paying what Canada has been paying since the start? despite our $ being the same or higher than yours for the past few years. Not to mention we pay an Extra 10$ on games for no reason.Seriously Americans can you be anymore retarded when it comes to getting made about price.    So I say again but lemme refine it.   I like how the article fails to mention that all this is doing is making Americans pay the same as Canada in terms of the 12 month.  GOTTA GET DEM CLICKS "

a price increase is a price increase. considering that giant bomb is a us based website, and the article is clearly in reference to a price hike for the us, i dont see what your problem is. just because there is now price parity between the us and canada is not in any way relevant.


stupid iceback.

"
Actually is it very relevant. 
 
 
@BulletStorm said:
" @Jeffsekai: Where the fuck are your Canadian manners dude? Would you kindly not justify crimes against one because you are a victim of such crime?  "Aw man, Microsoft's stealing my moneys"  "They're already stealing my moneys, so it's okay that they're stealing your moneys"  Its an unfair and fucking retarded mindset. "
Again I have no problem paying what I am asked in terms of games and what ever. 10$ is fucking nothing. What pisses me off is when Americans get a price increase and complain like they are the only ones effected not like everyone else has always been paying more than them.  Microsoft hasn't been stealing anyones money they be giving Americans free money for no reason and Americans were too dumb to figure it out and thought thats what everyone payed. DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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