Microsoft Raising Xbox Live Subscription Cost

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#101 Edited by Rapid (1592 posts) -

Not that I own an Xbox, but I'm curious why would they raise the price? Did they end up losing money on kinetic or is it just "inflation" or are they going add to the membership?. 

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#102 Posted by carlthenimrod (1616 posts) -

This would probably be okay if they announced some kind of additional services that would justify the $10 price increase. It's not that big of a deal for me because you can get the cards for much cheaper if you buy online anyways.
 
On another note, I feel bad for Major Nelson because you know MS sent him out to be slaughtered by the internet. I'm sure he's not happy about delivering the news but it's his job to take the abuse. Sucks to be that guy today.

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#103 Posted by zombie2011 (5502 posts) -

Huh? I always thought i was paying $60 for XBLA, so i'm not to pissed about this.

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#104 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -

M$ 
 
 
seriously, why do they need MORE money?! 
 
PSN is still free, so what the fuck is all that money for?!

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#105 Posted by MistaSparkle (2285 posts) -

I wonder if this is a reaction so many people shitting on Kinect.

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#106 Posted by YoungFrey (1363 posts) -

They have been adding services.  Not that I use them, but technically there is more available now than when it launched.  Parties, avatars, Facebook, Twitter.  That is all new.  It's not like the service has been dead static.  I'm still opposed to it, but it is an evolving service.

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#107 Posted by Aus_azn (2272 posts) -

Basically I'm done with Xbox now. It's only used for CoD, and even that's being played less frequently. 
 
Coupled with the complete butchering of Forza Motorsport as a series, I may move to PS3 on Nov 2.

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#108 Posted by SleepyDoughnut (1269 posts) -

booooooooooooo

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#109 Posted by IrishCoffee (113 posts) -

Wombat from Cheap Ass Gamer said it best: 
"In case you forgot, Microsoft hates you." 
 
I'm just gonna keep playing my Steam games online for free-zies. 
 
*High Fives his fellow PC gamers*

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#110 Posted by Tricks73r (263 posts) -

Well ain't that a slap in the face

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#111 Posted by FritzDude (2316 posts) -
  
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#112 Posted by kamoku (64 posts) -

As long as there's people willing to pay it, guess what they'll keep doing.. yup.

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#113 Posted by ford873 (14 posts) -

That really is ridiculous, Just making gaming more expensive!
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#114 Posted by HeghmohQib (204 posts) -
@nywt said:

" People really need to calm down with this announcement. While yes, it does suck that Microsoft is now charging more, it's $10 a year. If you can't afford that then you shouldn't have Xbox Live in the first place. Plus, everyone should wait and see if Microsoft adds any new features to the service on November 1st to justify the new price. No matter how it goes however, I'm Canadian so I don't have a price increase :P. "

Try reading all the words.
 
" Microsoft will increase the cost of Xbox Live subscriptions in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom
 
That word between US and Mexico is Canada.  You know, where Canadians live.  The place you said you lived.
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#115 Posted by DukeTogo (1516 posts) -
@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.
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#116 Edited by PixieNinja (207 posts) -

UK monthly subscribers paying £5.99 a month? Time for you to jump to an annual subscription - monthly will set you back £71.88 ($111.80) across the year, whereas the annual price isn't due to change. Just looking at Amazon online, you can grab it for just £32.99 ($51.31), and you should find similar prices elsewhere.
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#117 Edited by Gav47 (1583 posts) -

It was only changed to keep up with changes in the price of the dollar, tons of people in Europe buy there 12 mth Live cards form the US for $50 which is €39 or £32, instead of €50 or £40.  
Also.. Ha Ha 

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#118 Posted by SilenceUK (363 posts) -

Now you in the US have to pay a similar amount to us in the UK sounds fair to me
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#119 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -

I can happily forfeit Super Street Fighter IV on Xbox Live in exchange for never fucking paying for Xbox Live Gold again. It may only be "ten dollars", but it's action of what they're doing more than the actual amount.
 
I had already given up on Xbox Live Gold for the most part, but this is just the fucking nail in the coffin.

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#120 Posted by Deyleone (15 posts) -

 

And we aren't even close to being done. This holiday, Xbox LIVE is adding new Gold features, including ESPN and Video Kinect, with Hulu Plus coming on Xbox LIVE in 2011.
With ESPN on Xbox LIVE, you can stream and watch over 3,500 live and on-demand sporting events plus highlights.*
Video Kinect allows you to chat with family and friends on the big screen, right from the comfort of your living room—no headset or controller required.*
With Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE you will be able to enjoy a customized Hulu Plus experience that will include Kinect navigation and Xbox LIVE Parties*
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#121 Posted by MeatSim (11140 posts) -

This kind of sucks.

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#122 Posted by Woodwater (91 posts) -

Why?

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#123 Posted by bcjohnnie (459 posts) -
@Jeffsekai said:
" I like how the Article forgets to mention the 12 months subscription stays the same. WAY TO GET DEM CLICKS GIANTBOMB. "
Ummm... Wha??? I think it's pretty clear from the screencap in the article that the 12-month subscription went from $49.99 to $59.99... I mean, all you have to do is look at one column, and then look at the other.
 
I hope you were talking about something else, because if you were really trying to complain about this, you failed.
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#124 Posted by mattjam3000 (500 posts) -

Its still only the price of a single xbox game I have no problem with it as a yearly sub. I get plenty of content and great xbla exclusives so I have no issue.

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#125 Posted by Vorbis (2762 posts) -
@Jeffsekai said:
" I like how the Article forgets to mention the 12 months subscription stays the same. WAY TO GET DEM CLICKS GIANTBOMB. "
Current 12M Gold $49.99
Starting Nov  12M Gold $59.99
 
That's a $10 increase.
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#126 Posted by Damien (1378 posts) -

This is really surprising, and I wonder why.  There has to be a direct reason behind this.

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#127 Posted by Cyborgmatt (101 posts) -

You pay for gold and what do you get? adverts and P2P gaming, sounds like a rad deal tbh.

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#128 Edited by nywt (455 posts) -
@HeghmohQib: 
Yes and they are raising the price of monthly subscriptions in Canada, not yearly subscriptions. I pay by the year.
 
I also really hope that no one who has responded negatively to this news post has ever subscribed to an MMO. Paying $15 a month for one game and then complaining about an extra $10 a year for Live is absolutely ridiculous.
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#129 Edited by revertedtozero (7 posts) -

@Kaigan said:

" Oh Kotick, you so sly. "

   Wrong evil, Dude.
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#130 Posted by SuperBobaFett (111 posts) -

not sure how they can justify upping the cost, especially in Canada - where to my knowledge, both Hulu and ESPN won't be available.

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#131 Posted by lmenzol (275 posts) -

im about ready to say fuck xbox sell all that bullshit and stick with the ps3 that i just bought

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#132 Posted by natetodamax (19462 posts) -
@Jeffsekai said:
" I like how the Article forgets to mention the 12 months subscription stays the same. WAY TO GET DEM CLICKS GIANTBOMB. "
Pro reading skills!
Online
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#133 Posted by Bucketdeth (8252 posts) -

Here's to hoping I never have to pay for PSN.

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#134 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2536 posts) -
@Jeffsekai said:
" I like how the Article forgets to mention the 12 months subscription stays the same. WAY TO GET DEM CLICKS GIANTBOMB. "
You mean the "12M" row in the table is just there for the lolz?
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#135 Posted by bhhawks78 (1328 posts) -

 http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Month-Live-Gold-Card/dp/B0029LJIFG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1283190130&sr=8-1
 
There for 40$.
 
Not to mention anyone in the US with half a brain can find it for 20-30$ a few times a year.

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#136 Posted by Scotto (1306 posts) -

I'm quite shocked that they can possibly justify this price increase - particularly for regions like mine (Canada), where we don't even have access to things like Netflix over XBL, and we won't have access to the new ESPN service either. 
 
All Major Nelson says, is that he's confident XBL still provides " the best value in the industry", but provides no specifics as to how it does this.  If it weren't for the fact that I needed a gold subscription to play online, I wouldn't pay for XBL at all. 
 
I just don't understand where the additional $10 in value is coming from.  Of course, that is based on the flawed assumption that MS are doing this for any reason other than "because they can." 
 
I think I'm done with paying for XBOX Live, and I hope a lot of other people reach the same conclusion.  I barely ever use my XBOX as it is, but this seals it.  This is a huge slap in the face. 
 
 
- Scott

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#137 Posted by JeanM (99 posts) -

Microsoft has given me yet another reason to stop playing my 360. I will keep playing my PS3/Wii/PSP/DS/PC/Mac/iPod Touch for free on the internet. 

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#138 Posted by JacDG (2186 posts) -

Not sure if I'm happy or sad. One one hand, glad I live in Denmark and don't have to pay extra, on the other I really really REALLY miss all the features we don't get, at least you guys have stuff like Indie Games and Netflix and you'll be getting a lot more.

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#139 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1136 posts) -

I don't get it? If they are raising the price, what do all the ads do?
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#140 Posted by dbz1995 (4962 posts) -

So does that mean thatyearly and 3 month subscriptions will stay the same in the UK? Sorry, my head isn't on straight today.

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#141 Posted by Sadisticham (279 posts) -
@nywt:  My subscription to MMO's pays for the server there on (XBL is peer to peer) and i get free updates to the game.
 
What does Xbox live provide, that justifies the price increase that no other free service already offers?
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#142 Posted by benu302000 (217 posts) -

This really sucks for people who only play occasionally. If I only get around to playing battlefield or whatever once or twice a week, I still have to buy a one month subscription to do that. So 50 dollars a year was already kind of a lousy deal. Now it's an even worse deal. Maybe it's time to upgrade the PC...

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#143 Edited by Jeffsekai (7159 posts) -
@bcjohnnie said:

" @Jeffsekai said:

" I like how the Article forgets to mention the 12 months subscription stays the same. WAY TO GET DEM CLICKS GIANTBOMB. "
Ummm... Wha??? I think it's pretty clear from the screencap in the article that the 12-month subscription went from $49.99 to $59.99... I mean, all you have to do is look at one column, and then look at the other.  I hope you were talking about something else, because if you were really trying to complain about this, you failed. "
@atomic_dumpling said:

" @Jeffsekai said:

" I like how the Article forgets to mention the 12 months subscription stays the same. WAY TO GET DEM CLICKS GIANTBOMB. "
You mean the "12M" row in the table is just there for the lolz? "
@natetodamax said:

" @Jeffsekai said:

" I like how the Article forgets to mention the 12 months subscription stays the same. WAY TO GET DEM CLICKS GIANTBOMB. "
Pro reading skills! "
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
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#144 Posted by Halberdierv2 (1995 posts) -

$10 is gonna cause a lot of quarreling on the interwebs.

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#145 Posted by Jambones (1726 posts) -
@Tricks73r said:
" Well ain't that a slap in the face "
@IrishCoffee said:
" Wombat from Cheap Ass Gamer said it best: "In case you forgot, Microsoft hates you." ....
Man, I know it's only $10 more and some of our international friends pay out the nose for the LIVE service already, but this leaves such a bitter, bitter taste in my mouth.  
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#146 Posted by CronoXtream (133 posts) -

what the hell do we get for paying an extra 10 bucks?

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#147 Posted by CowboyBebopper (190 posts) -

I don't know, I still think the service is well worth the sixty bones. I've never had a problem with the service and even on the off chance there IS a problem they have sent me a free game. Also, anyone who is deal-savvy can find 1 year subscription cards for anywhere from 25 to 35 bucks during the year.

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#148 Posted by bretthancock (798 posts) -

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?

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#149 Posted by BulletStorm (546 posts) -

Oh hey, here's Modern Warfare 2, on the computer - with matchmaking. With no 60 dollar subscription service. I'll. Just. You know. Go there.  
 
And while I'm at it, I'll play Team Fortress 2, Battlefield Bad Company and everything else that the PC has for free - including GAME ROOM. Yes, even Xbox Live's shitty arcade system is available to the PC players for free.

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#150 Posted by Damian (1521 posts) -

Haha. Pay more, suckers!

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