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Submitted by BLACKBIBLE 1034d ago | opinion piece

Xbox 720 Reports on Connectivity and Subscriptions

"I have recently read several reports; probably several write ups of one single report, that say that the Xbox 720 is going to have a subscription fee attached to the system, as well as an always-online requirement. These requirements will scare off a few people; however, most gamers always have their console hooked up to the Internet, and pay a subscription to get Xbox Live Gold." -ZackC (Xbox LIVE, Xbox One)

iGAM3R-VIII  +   1034d ago
Anyway the subscriptions seem like a fair enough price with the feature. I would probably get them, just can't wait until E3 so we know all about the console and the games
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light_bar   1034d ago | Spam
josephayal  +   1034d ago
I gladly pay my $60 to Microsoft
g2gshow  +   1034d ago
Kevin ButIer  +   1033d ago
Things have changed, PS+ redefined the meaning of subscription. MS needs to catch up or GTFO
SITH  +   1033d ago
@butler Yet you fools still take 45 minuets for an update.
CEOSteveBallmer  +   1033d ago
You cant be serious??
kreate  +   1033d ago
45 mins is better than 60 bucks.

It took me an hour to update starcraft2 when it first launched.

360 is better at downloading updates in general, but they also screwed up a lot when they have their major updates like bricking ur 360.

Though now they got a lot better. Last few updates went by pretty smooth.
fr0sty  +   1033d ago
I think SITH forgot we are talking about next gen consoles here, and we've already been told all PS4 updating will be done in the background, even when the system is not powered on.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1033d ago
Really frosty? Even when it's not powered on? Sounds a lot like being "always on" and connected to the internet for something like that to happen.

But of course, it's PS4 in this case, which would be good.
TBONEJF   1033d ago | Personal attack | show
Perjoss  +   1033d ago
I'm pretty sure most of the people around here who complain about the £30 a year XBL service don't even have a 360 :)

It's the same people that go 'lolkinect' every time a new xbox 360 game is announced.
JC_Denton  +   1033d ago
The blatant trolling in this comment section sets a new bar in terms of quantity.
GABRIEL1030  +   1033d ago
Good for you¡ you have a lot of money to throw it away. :(
geassdanny  +   1033d ago
45 minutes, way'd a go to pull an overly overestimated time figure. Sure it's not the fastest system to update. But you cannot doubt psn+ is doing wonders for the playstation brand. You're not just getting games for the ps3, but vita as well. And I bet Sony will use it on the ps4 as well.

Xbox fans can bitch all they want, paying just for the privilege to play online with gold is a mindless rip off. Last I checked PC gamers didn't need to pay to play their games online, nor ps3, even Nintendo. Some MS fans are really oblivious!
ALLWRONG  +   1033d ago
PS fanboy says "HAHA you pay for Live!"

PS fanboy does "Now excuse me while I make my PSN+ payment. I will then pay Sony to allow me to play PS3 games I already own, through Gaikai, which "requires" you to be "always on".

PSN+ and Gaikai BC will end up costing more than Live.
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amiga-man  +   1033d ago
I have no problem with a company charging for services they offer like cross game chat or free games etc, but for M$ to block your internet a service you are paying your internet provder then expect you to pay a subscription to get it back crazy.

online should be free as thats what your paying your internet provder for not M$, yet people accept the scam and even defend it,

M$ do not own the internet so why are you paying them to access it?
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GABRIEL1030  +   1033d ago
Good for you¡ you have a lot of money to throw it away¡

Pay more for an always connected Console, the internet connection, the hard disk, the controller charger, the HDMI, the online, DLC's and microtransactions and no second hand games¡¡¡

sengoku  +   1033d ago
subscription should be optional.
Boody-Bandit  +   1033d ago
I have been a XBL member since day 1. Between me and my sons with now have 3 XBL accounts. I never pay full MSRP. I usually start looking for deals a few months before our subscription is up. With that said, I would prefer not to have to pay anything for it. So if always-on does in fact become a reality? That would make the XBL fee (sale price or full MSRP) even harder to swallow.

I am still holding out hope that always on will be one of the biggest mud in the face to those that are reporting it will exist but I'm starting to believe they are spot on. I feel this is an inconvenience for a guy like me that has multiple gamer areas in my home. 1 of them not having the possibility to hard wire and it gets poor wireless reception.
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jacksons98  +   1033d ago
With PS+ it keeps your system and games up to date automatically. No waiting... And usually it's less than 5 minutes
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1033d ago
PS+ is a HUGE ripoff to consumers. Only a fool would pay $50 a year so that they can save a bit on a game. Then on top of that, it's old games that everyone has already played.

PS+ is for the casual consumer. Hardcore players already owned, played, completed and traded in the game before it even becomes available on PS+.

Then on top of that, you don't even get too keep any of the "free" content when you unsubscribe.

At least with XBL, you get the best features available for online, the most robust online AND you get too keep ALL the free content.

Currently loving Happy Wars.
amiga-man  +   1033d ago
BY Lvl_up_gamer
Only a fool would pay $50 a year so that they can save a bit on a game.

I would agree with you if it was to save a bit on a game, but the truth is it isn't a game it's numurous games for free, already I have Darksiders, Infamous2, Space marines, dead space2, Mass effect 3, Bioshock 2, and many more, hardly a game as you put it.

you then go on to say
Then on top of that, it's old games that everyone has already played.

thats funny I havn't played any of those games mentioned so looking even more of a bargain

then you say
Then on top of that, you don't even get too keep any of the "free" content when you unsubscribe.

but before that you point out that people have traded in these games so they are not keeping them either, PS+ is an absolute bargain and puts xbl to shame, paying to access your internet is the biggest scam this gen and you fell for it.

oh well you enjoy happy wars, while your doing that i'll enjoy Darksiders, Infamous2, Space marines, dead space2, Mass effect 3, Bioshock 2, and many more lol.
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andrewsqual  +   1031d ago
@SITH Plus COMES with Automatic Updates dumbass. Learn the facts first.

With the recently announced Free2Play game Ridge Racer Driftopia coming to PC and PS3 this raises yet another question.
Why is this not on Xbox Live? Is it because of the awesome 2GB limit on Xbox Live content (which was 300mbs in 2008, by comparison Ratchet and Clank Quest for Booty launched on PS3 in 2008 at over 3.5GBs in size) or is it because it ISN'T free to play if you have to pay for standard online access. I guess there is no future for FreetoPlay games on Xbox Live either.
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g2gshow  +   1034d ago

lmao back under the bridge you have been banished no life loser who has time to troll hope you're on ms payroll light_bar
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AngryEnglish  +   1033d ago
Lol at IGam3r getting disagrees, some people are so stupid.

You morons who only want the PS4 to be the only console are fools, you need competition to stay ahead of the game, 1 console = lazy complacent crap.

Why do people get so butt hurt because some people ain't loyal to one company...
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vigilante_man  +   1033d ago
I agree. Without competition from MS Sony would not of made so many great exclusives for PS3. Without Sony MS would not have massive advertising and Xbox 360 sales - cause they wouldn't need them.

Competition is great for all consoles. That said, I believe the Gold will stay the same and everyone else will get free game verification access through the internet. Even MS are not dumb enough to charge Everyone an annual subscription to play even single player games.

Yes I will get a PS4 day one. If the 720 can offer me exclusives or other cable/media services that I need then I'll get one of them too.

Sony have learnt from MS and will offer in-game chat next-gen. It would be a pity if MS did not learn from Sony and offer all their loyal customers the chance to play on-line gaming for free.
Psn800  +   1033d ago
That is why I left Xbox 360 because live is far to expensive .
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1034d ago
I want a free subscription option!
clintos59  +   1034d ago
I dout it. There are 46 million+ ppl paying for a p2p xbl service now, why would that change now? I think microsoft is leading the way with xbl & proving to all other companies that they can also charge for online & gamers will love it. It seems like thats where we are headed with online gaming thanx to xbl.

Edit: So im wrong? Prove me wrong then. =]

Edit: I thought so. Have a good day.
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juandren  +   1034d ago
You're not necessarily wrong, just arrogant. Your edits just go to show how important it is to you to be "right" on this website. It's quite pathetic. Mocrosoft has a good strategy, sure, but it relies heavily on the fact that people only pay because "their friends have an Xbox 360 and Gold membership". Good day to you too
Kingthrash360  +   1034d ago
People are waking up my friend. Gamers are realizing they need more for thier money and ps+ is showing exactly what they can get. Hopefully microsoft Will start the same trend or they will lose 40 of that 46 million you speak of to sonys ps+.... noone can prove you wrong until something is actually released but how the economy is today if, killing used games, always connected, always on rumors are true I may not buy a 720.... and if ps+ does the same for the ps4 as the ps3 many will follow that ...have a good day
Mr Blings  +   1034d ago | Well said
There is nothing to prove wrong. Your statement "I think microsoft is leading the way with xbl & proving to all other companies that they can also charge for online & gamers will love it." is an opinion nothing more nothing less.

I happen to have a different opinion. I subscribed to xbox live gold starting the day it went live and was a paying member until only a few months ago. When Gold first went live it was something new, fresh and something you could not get as an experience anywhere else. I no longer deem the service worthy of my money in this day and age when you can find most services if not all for free elsewhere that they provide.

I instead switched to psn+ and have already enjoyed the ability to receive many games, over a dozen that I have been able to download and enjoy for free whether it be ps3, vita or psn titles.

I am still paying a fee which is fine because I am finding more value with psn+.

If I get to the point in time where Sony changes up their model and I feel as though it is no longer worth my hard earned money I will also decide to no longer subscribe to psn+, go back to being a regular psn member and still game for free online when I choose to do so.

As someone who was a Gold member from the very beginning, I get so tired of hearing how much better the live service is. It is in my humble opinion it is not. It is covered in ads, can't play online without it, can't view netflix without it and most of their new partnerships never bring anything to the table that really make the experience any better, just more partnerships to talk up that they have.

At this point my copy of HALO 4 is basically useless because I can't access much of the content on the disc because I choose to no longer support Gold. It's a joke.
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clintos59  +   1034d ago
So basically your telling me because my friends enjoy playing on xbl its ok to charge ppl to play online while other systems pc/ps3/wii u provide free services to do the exact same thing. Makes sense? Lol

Theres a big difference though with psn because it provides free games, discounts, & gives u early access to betas & more which xbl doesnt offer none of besides playing online & a few apps. Ps plus is worth it and has value compared to xbl.

Mr Blings
I totally agree its my opinion but I edited and ask to prove me wrong to the eisagrees I had. None of them really could debunk my opinion because its the truth. Atleast im not the type to just comment with bs like some fanboys do on here. I voice my true opinion but never in a blind dishonest way. Good day to all 3 reply's & thank u for atleast replying.
MrBeatdown  +   1033d ago
"Prove me wrong then."

Since you asked...

There's 46 million active accounts, both Gold, and free. They aren't all paying.

Here's where the 46 million is from, with no mention of whether they are Gold or free...

MS claimed there that there was a 15% increase over the previous year's 40 million, which Aaron Greenberg said included Gold and free accounts...

And a few years ago, Microsoft said about half pay for Gold...

If that percentage holds true, and there's no reason to think that would drastically change over the past two years, the number of paying customers is around actually around half of that 46 million, so 20 - 25 million is more accurate.

Compared to the 80 million or so 360s out there, that's a whole lot of people not interested in paying.
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Mr_Writer85  +   1033d ago
There are many reasons why Live took off. One the lateness and high price of the PS3 in Europe and the US.

Another is the Xbox is an American product, so it's no surprise that America is where it was bought the most (just like how Japanese consoles do better in Japan).

The Xbox with its early lead and cheaper price took a chunk out of Sonys market share. And because they released first many jumped onto live despite the price.

I'm sure you have seen countless threads and comments on gaming sites saying 'live is better then psn'. And to be fair it is stronger, but that's to be expected as your paying for it.

Now the new Xbox will be popular regardless of negative press, as again its an American product that will mean it will be popular in America at least.

BUT (and this is purely opinion) Sony have made a few plays this gen and for next gen that could take back a chunk of their market share back off MS (I think more so in Europe then the U.S)

First Playstation Plus. Already some multiplatform owners have claimed that they havnt re-subbed to Live, and instead used the money to go onto plus. Now I believe this will probably be a small number, but still.

Next is the rumours of a planned world wide release in October this year. Now that's one of the advantages MS had over the PS3 this gen gone. Without the year head start it means both sides have to make their product the most desirable.

The next is price, but until we see the prices of both its hard to say. If the Xbox charges for live but is $100 cheaper, but the PS4 online is free (I have a feeling it will be I tell you why in a minute) then some people who are ATM on 360 jump ship to PS4.

Now the reason I believe PSN will be still free is because of the Vita. It offers everything the PS3 does AND cross game chat. For free, now the Vita and PS4 where designed and worked on at the same time. So why would one be free and the other not?
geassdanny  +   1033d ago
So Mr double edit, I am pretty sure getting an overall figure of Xbox users, doesn't mean they're all paying gold members. If that's the case you might as well say there are globally 74 million paying psn plus. But any sane person knows that's not the case. Except fanboys across the board.
Dlacy13g  +   1034d ago
While I agree with the authors notion of "wait and see" on all matters of next Xbox rumors, I can't help but wonder why he hasn't taken into consideration any of the more recent developments as he discusses the rumors.

I suppose it is par for the course on all these rumor based opinion pieces. They are commenting on rumors and the rumors change as the wind does it seems these days.
sway_z  +   1034d ago
Microsoft need to allow basic MP as standard (Free) next gen.

If PS4 online play remains free, then surely MS will be heavily criticized, unless they include MP as part of an overall paid subscription giving access to everything.

Which would be cool if you want the whole Cha Bang Bang, but what if gamers don't want the media options?

I hope there is a media uproar and the net goes crazy mad at MS if it materializes at E3 MP is still going to cost gamers.

Especially since Nintendo & Sony (fingers crossed PS4) will probably keep MP free on their systems.
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dcbronco  +   1033d ago
Gamers want media options. PS3 users seem to want them more than anyone based on the amount of time they spend streaming shows and watching Blu-rays. Servers cost money. I've never understood why people think that should just be given to them. Besides Sony convincing them of that. Something Sony clearly regrets since they made PSN+. MS and Sony spend millions running those servers. Look at the poor job EA does with it's servers just to save money. People should expect to pay for what they get. Sony might have set themselves up for free Gaikai too.
IRetrouk  +   1033d ago
You paid the company for that game, it it has a multiplayer part then ofcourse it should be up to those companys to provide a way to play that.
dcbronco  +   1033d ago
They could just let it work like it was on PC where you had to link with another person. It's better to have it organized for you. No one really liked the way it was done on the PC but some seem to think the companies should cover the cost of providing the online. What happens when a game doesn't do well. Or the company needs money for the next game. At some point some of the pressure has to be taken off of the developer.

You can't have innovation, new IPs, long SP campaigns, free MP and constant upgrades based on a "give 'em everything they want" business model. All of the "1st day purchase, best game ever" comments don't often lead to sales that support all of the other things people seem to think are mandatory. People just want great games but they need to support them to get all of those other things.
geassdanny  +   1033d ago
I don't agree with that. PC gaming has had online gaming with no charge before consoles even contemplated the thought. If you're paying full price for a game, and the components include mp, it should be as a set standard, not an extra fee to pay. I am already paying for my Internet service so I can pay online. I don't and many other users don't want to pay for another thing just to get the most out the game.
dcbronco  +   1033d ago
But that means you can never make a mistake. You're depending on fickle fans supporting every game. That's unrealistic. Developer after developer is going out of business or being absorbed into a larger company(which is bad too).

Gamers want more and more and they aren't willing to pay anymore money. If you look at pricing on anything else in the last 35 years and the price has gone up several 100%. Not gaming. It's up and down, but even though the cost have gone up with everything else, the people that buy games aren't willing to pay much more. They'd rather go to Gamestop to save $5. Sixty dollars might be as much as people are willing to pay. The next thing developers are going to have to do is separate the SP and MP. Or not make one or the other. Or make everything subscription based. Though KotoR makes it clear that might be a waste of money too.

Developers may enjoy what they're doing, but there has to be some give and take. There are some things that I don't like, like microtrans-actions. People complain about all digital but that saves money. Not every game is going to be CoD. I guess we can keep it this way until we're down to EA, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Activision. Until they start falling. Orrr. we can go all casual. That would be awesome.
Oh_Yeah  +   1034d ago
There's no way the next xbox will have to be always connected to play know how stupid that sounds? No where in the documents did it say that. Plus what about the troops and other people located in areas with spotty or no Internet... On the subscription thing though , if ms still continues to charge for multiplayer theyre going to get outsold quick.
DragonKnight  +   1033d ago
Money trumps everything, even supporting troops.
Oh_Yeah  +   1033d ago
To Microsoft it may..I just did the math and with 40 million paying for live they make about 1.5+ billion dollars a year off of it, yikes.....Where does that money go..early dlc? It's not like we see a bunch of exclusives or any deals on xbox live. I hope customers refuse to pay for it next gen if they decide to charge without making it competitive/ comparable to ps+.
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Tapioca Cold  +   1034d ago
"The always online thing."

Wow. Thats some quality journalism there ZackC.

Did a 5 year old right this?
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TekoIie  +   1034d ago
I dont buy it...

This article back-peddles frequently as though the writer knows its not true and doesn't want criticism when we get a full reveal. I'm suspicious...
DivineAssault  +   1033d ago
MS needs to officially show this nx box to the world so theres no more confusion.. I think its going to be a freaking amazing media device & will have great 3rd party support.. However im not paying any monthly fees for any features, nor do i care for any of its upcoming media apps..

However, if sony wasnt launching this yr, i might be a tad bit more tempted to get the thing for the multiplats coming out.. Im going all out on PS4 sparing no expense for the accessories & games i want.. I wont do that with MS.. Nothing against them or their fans, they just dont have any 1st party franchises i like
DigitalEraycer  +   1033d ago
I'm buying 10 Xbox 720's at launch
Jazz4108  +   1033d ago
11 for me
Jakens  +   1033d ago
10 times (500 + 150) =
LA-Z-BOY-_-  +   1033d ago
Can i be the Ref il be fair
Neko_Mega  +   1033d ago
Paying for something I already am paying for is pointless. I pay for my internet, so why should I pay to use it on the Xbox 720? I rarely pay for online for the 360.

In less Microsoft starts offering something like Playstation Plus where I can get free games every week or something, I don't see the point of paying.
vigilante_man  +   1033d ago
I agree. I pay for my internet, I pay for a game that has a short single-player but larger multi-player why then should I pay to play on line. If Sony did this I would only buy/play Single-Player games!

I waited over a year to join PS+ and only joined because they offered a great Instant Games Collection.

I don't know why Sony have been so generous because I have downloaded many AAA games and now some awesome Vita games for the price of one new game.

But if PS4 charge me for on-line gaming I won't pay!
kingPoS  +   1033d ago
Does that mean it'll always be Kinected online.

Sorry guys... I couldn't resist throwing a out phuny puny.
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KontryBoy706  +   1033d ago
M$ I'm not buying your console to pay to play online. Nope won't do it. I let my subscription run out after switching from XBL to PS+. It makes more sense. Why do I have to pay to use my internet connection, which I already pay for, to use other services (netflix, hulu, amazon, hbo, etc) I already pay for? That's a GIMMICK! On other platforms it's not necessary so why is it necessary on yours? There should be no fee to play online either. I don't on PC or PS3... so? No it's not worth it and you don't get what you pay for because you are already paying for what you are paying for. get it?
HK5A  +   1033d ago
What ever MS do OR did I trust them, Can't wait for the next Xbox to be announced.
cell989  +   1033d ago
I dont care how you see it or put it, paying to play online is bulls***!!! IDGAF what you offer, let me play my online games for free, let me use my already paid for Netflix and Hulu service for free or GTFO!
Haules  +   1033d ago
The 360 is just a PS1 with a shittier game portofolio, outsold the PS3 by a mere of 5 Mio. consoles, Arrr!! Aye!!!!
spike  +   1033d ago
Has the PS4 announced that there online will be free. I wont be surprised if they charge this time around.
HalfNerdHalfAmazing  +   1033d ago
This gen I went with the Xbox 360 and wii and I felt like I got best of both worlds but to be honest I feel like when it comes to next gen ima go with the ps4 and Wii u, I really not liking what MS is doing with the 720 I'm tired of paying to play online especially when i got to buy DLC's and all that bullshht no used games and on top of that you always got to be online to use the console I'm so done with MS
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RogueSmurf  +   1033d ago
so ps4 it is again then, paying for something i already bought? um no
TemplarDante  +   1033d ago
Ancient chinese proverb.
Only a fool pays for something they can get (legitmately) free elsewhere...
vigilante_man  +   1033d ago
For the love of gamimg...

If someone buys a 360 'cause their mates have one and they want to play the same games on-line together then that person has no choice but to pay the subscription.

If all consoles charged that would be fair enough. But it gives the gaming industry a bad name when just one of them do it. Because they don't need to!

Unless it pays for all the advertising and the constant sales. If you got your 360 cheap then you wont mind paying for at least one year.

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