Microsoft touts NUads success, notes that "you can expect more investment from us"
I know I do.
You should be able to get Achievements and/or a small discount to Live for watching ads. i.e if you watch 25+ ads within a month, $2 (rather, the equivalent number of MS ponits) would be added to your account. I still don't understand how I can log in to free services like PSN and Steam and see not a single ad yet a paid service like Live uses ads...
Why do they have ads? For money, not to give it away. They make you pay for a feature available for free on other systems, give you ads and have extortionate prices on the marketplace; you really expect them to give the users money? You're just an insignificant mouse in MS' wheel, each ad gets them money. It's disgusting the way they treat loyal, paying customers. I will never support MS.
The lack of respect that MS has for its users is astounding. "Xbox Live users may not be thrilled with the presence of more ads on the popular online service, but thelolresults have been very encouraging for Microsoft and the company has indicated that it intends to ramp up its video advertising on Xbox Live."
I;m not bothered by the ads. I just log on and go where I need to. If it's an ad that I like i'll watch it.
Whatever helps generate cash flow, besides the one square in every corner of a page does not bother me.
I don't have a 360 but that would bother me a lot, consider that I would already be paying them annually (cash flow) for their service. Now for Silver members I can totally understand the ads overload!
It may bother people not all, this is no different than what cable ,networks or radio station are doing they sell timeslots ,airtime so on.
@above Why would u pay for cable ,networks or radio station When you can get them free?! Don't tell me there in better quality,
Good one onyoursistersback, I haven't paid for cable or satellite in 2+ years and I never miss a show or movie I really want to watch (not that there's much modern TV that's worth watching). Also, I haven't seen a commercial or ad in the same time frame. My big issue with XBL ads is that they don't put that money back into games for their customers they just pay content providers for more media content and turning into a internet cable box. M$ use to have some good 360 exclusives, but now only has 3 AAA exclusive franchises and a few indie ones.
@witwicky343 STOP PRIVATE MESSAGING ME
Ads don't bother me as long as I don't have to hear them. ' EDIT: I didn't realize Nu ads was launched?
free xbox live ....sense commercials will be paying for its ads
Personally, I hate the dashboard. It is absolutely littered with ads. And yes, even if it is advertising games they are still ads. But since people are still happy with throwing money at Live I don't blame MS for doing this. Without any backlash from their actions they'll just keep dong it. What should really be the case: Paying for gold should get you ZERO ads, none what so ever and give silver members what the dash is now (even that is pushing it though.) EDIT - http://www.blogcdn.com/www.... There are 6 ads on this page. WTF? Absolutely ridiculous!
Its not "littered" with adds when there's only one add per tab... its not like you're forced to watch or hear them. Someone obviously doesnt use LIVE. Also, i see only one real advertisement in that picture. The rest of those are quick accsess to new movies/games/music.
What? 6 out of 9 of those squares are advertisements put there to drive sales. Putting the word advertisement under only one of them doesn't mean only one of them is an ad.
First world problems. I don't even mind the ads there, I just put the cd in, and start the game. I don't get how this can be annoying.
"It is absolutely littered with ads." Thats BS. You obviously haven't been on xbox live lately. The ads are not an issue and they don't take away from the live experience.. If you are bothered that easily then you probably shouldn't be on line anyway. There are ads for cable tv, radio, the internet, and almost everywhere else. Even when you drive down a street you have ads for stores and on billboards. Advertising is a part of our modern society and there is no better way to boost sales or build a better connection with an audience. It's called smart business. Neither sony nor ms would be where they are today without it.
I think the issue is... many of us do not like ads built into our hardware. Especially when the majority of xbox ads are for 'macho dude-bro' products like mountain dew, halo, UFC, and Axe body spray. Turning on my xbox is like taking a cheetos fueled trip through a shitty college dorm.
People are so pathetic, you get hung up on the most miniscule things. So there ads, you are not even forced to watch them. You have To click on them to watch them or for there to be sound.
Dude it's not about the ads...it's about sending a message. Why are people paying for Xbox Live just so they get a dashboard filled with ads? PSN is free and the only ads you get are gaming/movie related (Depending on what section of PSN you are on). I mean come on Microsoft knows better, they shouldn't be taking advantage of their consumers like this.
I don't mind ads on PSN/ Xbox Live. What I do mind is ads that have absolutely nothing to do with gaming...like McDonalds ads...just wtf.
Lol yea like McDonald's needs more ads.
Microsoft is getting money from their customers to use free features and they also get money from ads too. Does anyone see a problem with this?
One word. Business.
Yes and No. This might be off topic but IMO not far fetched. MS spent billions on RROD fiasco,right? The money lost has to be made up somewhere right? Is it possible that XBL and the extra money from ads helps recoup some of that money lost? Or have they already made the money lost back and are now making a profit on everything Xbox and are now just plain greedy. I pay for XBL because I have to not cause I want to but that can be said about any service nowadays. If I dont pay for internet I dont game online or able to comment on this forum. Next gen we'll all be asking why were all paying for XBL/PS+ still.
I have no problems with ads. TV/PC and now consoles. We live in an ads world it how people/companies push their products or get certain important messages out to the masses.
I like how people disagree but no response. Ads/Commercials are/is major part of Marketing. Without it products fail. Get over yourselves!
A McDonalds ad is completely unnecessary on the Xbox Live dashboard seeing as it's completely irrelevent considering it's a GAMING console. If they had gaming/movie only ads then I bet people would never complain because it would actually be a good way to inform users for upcoming video game titles/films. You persuade kids to play video games and then you tell them to eat McDonalds. LOL come on...
I see it as good thing for Micky Ds- you never know someone with the munchies could want McDonalds.. although it might not appeal to us. there others who might like it.
Not as bad as N4G and plenty of people come here.
Xbox live gold is a rip off no matter how you spin it. 60.00 $ a year with a dashboard full of ads most of wich are not gaming related all for what ? cross game and party chat ... yea whatever.
an eazy fix for this is to up the price 20 more dollars for a free of adds service