Microsoft has launched a new Xbox LIVE Rewards scheme entitling players who have passed certain Gamerscore milestones to additional discounts on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
Talk about late with the idea, we all wanted a use for them dumb achievements. But I still hate them and will not get them for discounts on Xbox live, since I never buy anything from it and never will. GAME OF THE YEAR EDITIONS I wait for and those are the ones I like and would never buy of Xbox live. I am not even connected to live what so ever and never will. I will not pay £16 or £25 or even £40 for a gold member ship since i think because its a total waste of money and it sucks as a service big time. Never will i be connected with this new scheme and I am glad I never get sucked into its lies
It's better than nothing but I would of thought Microsoft would try and compete with Playstation Plus a bit more. Competition is great for the gamers and Xbox Live users would only benefit from Microsoft rising up to Sonys challenge. Sadly this doesn't seem like the case.
umm...MS makes Billions off of xbox live...While Sony is yet to turn a profit off of Playstation Online service.... Who needs to compete with who? I think you have that mixed around.
I think you're confused with company profit and what really matters to us as gamers. I'm talking about what's best for the consumer. Not Microsofts billions.
WTF is 2% off going to do. $1.20 off of a $60? It's great that they're using their system based off achievements because it rewards gamers who game the most, but come on 2% at least 5% - 10%.
If a service doesn't make money and bleeds a company out...See how long that service is offered. If a service is not profitable for a company it will eventually be shut down.
Let Microsoft and Sony's accountants worry about their profit margins.
chuckyj1: PSN+ doesn't make Sony money? Home transactions doesn't make Sony money? See, unlike MS, Sony do not believe you should have to pay your ISP for internet access and then Sony themselves to access the online content of a game you paid $60 for already. They make money in such a way that isn't a huge rip off to consumers.
@chuckyj1 PlayStation Network is free, unless you're living in a cave?
You do know you dont have to be a gold member to get achievements and make purchases on xblive...right? Silver members may not be able to play online and access things like netflix and facebook but they can still earn achievements and buy stuff through the marketplace.
HarryMason, you should care who earns profits, for all you know Sony could end up out of business with the way they have been playing the game up until now
I find it funny that MS gives gamers something, and people complain. I guess they could give you nothing and you would have nothing to complain about. Then again, it seems the usual fanboys are the ones complaining.
Loved achievements anyway.. I'll take a free discount for earning like I wouldve anyway. One of the most persistant requests about Xbox Live achievements was that they should mean more and be put towards something financially. Bam..it's here and there are still complaints? LOL Evil
"Talk about late with the idea" Who else is doing this?
Steam do it over the holidays. complete a task in a selected game and earn discount on games.
PS+ also offers 10% discounts on day 1 download games. I already preordered Doom 3 BFG Edition
I think he's referring to the fact that we're nearing the end of the 360's life cycle.
This really isnt about the 360 if you think about it. While the discounts may apply to related content for 360 games, the Live service is exactly that. A service. So just as it went from the original xbox to the 360, it will likely transcend to the next xbox as well as windows8 and WP7 & 8. Achievements will be available in many different titles on various MS products. Marketplace content will be available for the different MS platforms as well. Not just the 360 anymore.
" Birthday Gift (approximate retail value ("ARV"): $0.25 USD)" Seriously?!
meanwhile on ps+ they are giving away games new and old for free
meanwhile, on ps+, they are giving away games (new and old) for free for the duration of your membership. All fixed. Punctuation and context.
Hey darthv Before you pat yourself too much on the back with that comment, remember a similar thing could be said about Live: once your subscription runs out, you can't play the online portion of all your games anymore
I was simply correcting a common context error many seem to make. The punctuation part...just needed to be done. Oh and to add to yours: "once your subscription runs out, you can't play the online portion of all your games or any other gold related features." You know, because some people use a gold membership for more than competitive play. You get an agree from me.
Word And an agree from me
"meanwhile on ps+ they are giving away games new and old for free" Stop paying for PSN+ and see if Sony lets you keep those games. That's what I thought. NEXT!
Stop paying for Xbox Live and see if you can still play your games online or use ANY of the services you ALREADY pay for if you use them in the first place. That's what I thought. NEXT!!!!
It's crazy. when Live first launched with its "point system" for making payments I always was thinking "hey, they should make achievement points translate to money or discounts". Now, years later, they finally do it... kinda. Better than nothing indeed.
Well you are clearly completely against Microsoft no matter what they do. Achievements arent dumb, they have added literally days more playing time to the shortest game for me and the people who love unlocking them. Xbox live is well worth the money for one reason alone. Party chat, I dont pay a home phone bill because of it. Instead of paying a randomly generated number to talk to sales reps i pay a fixed amount of money to talk to friends and family while fighting dragons in Skyrim or beating those same friends and family in any number of competitive multiplayer games. Anything else that comes with a Gold membership is an added bonus for me. I have nearly 100.000 gamescore so just for enjoying playing lots of games and earning achievements in them i get 2% knocked off of what is basically my phone bill. (Im usually spend hours a day just in party chat. It would cost a ton to do that with a phone)
Now I agree Live is nice to have and don't mind paying but your comment has confused me. Why would you not buy a home phone just because of party chat? Sure it's a great feature but if you're serious about it I'm just a little confused.
@Claud3 "I am not even connected to live what so ever and never will. I will not pay £16 or £25 or even £40 for a gold member ship since i think because its a total waste of money and it sucks as a service big time." Nice trolling, but how would you know if the service sucks when you've never been connected to it (in your own words)?
Thank you, Microsoft for saving me a whole $1.20 OFF a 60 game. With those savings I can now afford a Double Cheeseburger from McDonald's.
@Zachmo U make me laugh. Bubbles for you :)
It's unbelievable that you managed to get 28 agree's for such a ridiculous rant....Then again this is n4g sooooooo...