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Submitted by ltachiUchiha 1017d ago | opinion piece

Bye-bye Xbox Live Gold

By Hadlee Simons

For the first time in almost four years, I've let my Xbox Live Gold membership lapse.

As a hardcore gamer, this premium service is essential for online multiplayer games and for using most applications on the console.

Now, I don't play online very often but I've had loads of fun with Call of Duty, Battlefield 3 and the Halo series. And with well over 40 million active Xbox Live users since its 2002 inception, it's clear that other people love online gaming on their Microsoft box too.

So why would I let my membership expire then? Simply put, it's due to Sony's PlayStation proposition. (PS3, Xbox 360)

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ThatCanadianGuy514  +   1017d ago | Well said
Welcome to common sense.
abzdine  +   1017d ago | Well said
PS+ ftw and by far..

pay 50$ to get so many free games or pay 50$ to have the right to play online a game i bought full price already i'm sorry but there no room for hesitation
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amiga-man  +   1017d ago | Well said
It has always amazed me that M$ get away with charging for a service they don't even own, people pay their internet provider for internet access and online but on the xbox M$ block it and demand money to get it back, such an obvious scam and why so many people accept it I have no idea.

M$ dont own the internet so people shouldn't put up with them restricting access.

Oh PS+ really is amazing value all with free online as it should be
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Squall5005  +   1017d ago | Funny
But with Xbox Live you get the pleasure of being called a 'f4g n0ob' by 12 year olds. Is that not worth $50?
Wikkid666  +   1017d ago

You obviously don't have a clue what Xbox Live is.
bohemian 23  +   1017d ago
Don't you lose your "free" games if you cancel your ps+? I still like that they offer it but its kind of an illusion, if you lose the games when you cancel your sub. I 100% agree that xbl is a rip off though. Reminds of paying for tabs every year on a car. Just another "fee" to trick people into paying.
abzdine  +   1017d ago | Well said
@bohemian 23: ...and don't you lose the right to "play" online if you cancel your xbox live? On PSN no matter what online gaming is for free.
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EVILDEAD360  +   1017d ago
I own both consoles. Why would I give up my Live just to rent some older games on my PS3? They literally have nothing to do with each other.

PSN+ is a cool deal for people who don't buy a lot of games for their PS3, but it has absolutely nothing to do with my giving up my Xbox Live account.

There honestly hasn't been a really game on PSN+ offered that I didn't own on my 360 or my PS3 when those games launched. Plus some of the better ones aren't offered anymore.

Like millions of core 360 gamers, I'll keep my Live for my 360, and I will still play PSN for free as I've always done. I'd rather get the game used or catch a god deal if it's something that I hadn't got around to it.

What I really think is cool about PSN+ is they offer Vita games, which are all fairly new. That's a really good deal for a handheld.

ShinMaster  +   1017d ago
Still spouting bullcrap as always.
PS Plus offers a lot fairly new games as well and some awesome discounts which add up to the thousands in a year. You could pretend to own every single good game, but that is still far from a good objective argument.

No matter how you spin it. You're still paying to play online. You can talk up the other feature all you want, but that is THE main reason people pay for XBL Gold, to play the other half of the game they already paid in full. Far from a better deal than PS Plus. Not to mention it's optional.
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SilentNegotiator  +   1017d ago
I cancelled ~3 years ago. No regrets. No reason to spend the money when it could go towards a game or tuition. I don't care if you're rich or poor, get it on sale,'s a waste of money.
MysticStrummer  +   1016d ago
One lets you play full games for your subscription fee, and the other lets you rent the online part of a game you already bought. No contest there.
wiz7191  +   1016d ago
I don't care about paying $60 a year for more reliable and better experience.. I pay for cable, pay my cell phone bill, and my internet bill when there are free options out there. You get what you pay for just because its free doesn't make it a better option. Xbox Live is the better option then PSN. With PS+ you get discounts and free stuff dont be worth it half the time then once my membership expires I lose all my free games and discounts.
EVILDEAD360  +   1016d ago
@ Spinmaster

'Still spouting bullcrap as always. PS Plus offers a lot fairly new games as well and some awesome discounts which add up to the thousands in a year.'

GTFOH. Take off the Fan helmet and goggles and read again.

PSN+ is a GOOD DEAL. Period. We all know what it does and is.

But, again I own both consoles and absolutely nothing PSN+ does comes close to making me want to drop Live.

Why? Because it has absolutely nothing to do with my 360. I own well over a 100 games for my 360 alone. I'm on Live daily, for everything from gaming, movies, and music.

I'm not the fan blogger in the article. I'm not giving up gold because if I pay 50 dollars I can get the choice between Catherine (which I own on the 360) and Hitman.

That is his opinion as to why he gave up Live, not mine.

I don't own every game in the world, but I support and buy the biggest exclusive that I choose to buy on my PS3.

I'm like any PS3 owner whose looked into PSN+ to see what it offered, and so far there is nothing personally for me that made me want to drop the cash yet. The best games I already own, most year and a half to two years ago.

I'd rather pick up my preorder of God of War: Ascension and play multi for free than purchase PSN+ to choose between games I didn't necessarily want.

But that's ME personally and I'm not the only one of the 70+ million PS3 owners that didn't find the need to purchase PSN+ either.

Again, it doesn't mean it's not an excellent deal for gamers.

So please if you want to claim that people really are going to spend 'thousands of dollars' just to save 'thousands of dollars' in discounts in a year because of their PSN+ subscription then keeping 'spouting the crap' you claim others do.

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ShinMaster  +   1016d ago
Stop calling it PSN+ when it's PS Plus.

Games you don't want? And how exactly would you know that when Plus is updated all the time? It's not just free games, but also discounts and bundles that would cost more in stores. And even if you did have every game offered, there is still free and discounted add-ons and other content that could add to your current game library.

But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. If you really are paying for all those games and add-ons yourself, then I guess you don't need Plus.
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EVILDEAD360  +   1016d ago
'Games you don't want? And how exactly would you know that when Plus is updated all the time? It's not just free games, but also discounts and bundles that would cost more in stores. And even if you did have every game offered, there is still free and discounted add-ons and other content that could add to your current game library.'

Once again I don't own every game. But even on the annual list in that N4G article that just went up, I own at least 17 of the best games and the remaining couple I didn't own that I would play just aren't enough for me to want to purchase the service.

With that said though, I live in the US and EU definitely gets the best of PS+ games list by far.

They do update it and if you go to gaming forums or see articles where people list the updates you can easily see what's offered and what's been removed.

You keep adding discounts and bundles like you have never been on the store. There have always been bundles and discounts from the store. But, yeah it's easy to see the big plus sign that shows the additional PS Plus discounts.

But, getting some discounts wouldn't be enough of a Reason to get PS+ for me at the moment.

Again, I'm not knocking the PS+ one bit, it's a great service for PS3 and Vita gamers period and a no-brainer for newbies.

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Sitdown  +   1016d ago
Who pays $50 for live? I have never gone above $35. Now with that said, I do purchase multi- plat games on the ps3 because of free online play, and the security of blurays durability.
loulou  +   1016d ago
lol it's laughable that this sort of stuff always ends up at the top of the page.

How is this news? simply put it's not. just a hit leech for some fanboys blog-site.

just another day on blogs4fanboys
dantesparda  +   1016d ago
Isnt it funny how Plus is not worth it to Evildead, cuz he doesnt care for the games it offers but yet he gladly pays to play online on the 360, with should be free. Gotta love fanboys and their stupidity
bohemian 23  +   1015d ago
@abdzine You didn't address the point I made, you side stepped. A common move among politicians. How do I get that many disagrees for stating a 100% true fact? Fanboys are a sad bunch, no matter what they support. If you get to keep playing those games after you cancel ps+ than I am sorry and I was incorrect. I wasn't saying its a bad thing, just stating that you don't get "free" games.
Yi-Long  +   1017d ago
...mine expired last month. It's just not worth it anymore for me, compared to the much better deal psn+ offers.
chrismichaels04  +   1017d ago
I agree. I let my XBL subscription go after Sony released PSplus and i haven't looked back since. No regrets. I can no longer justify paying for features and services that I can get for free everywhere else. It's just not worth it in my opinion.
TheTwelve  +   1017d ago
As long as people waste money on Xbox Live, our economy isn't that bad.
Ragthorn  +   1017d ago
I was on Xbox Live for 5 years, and I regret paying for it except for the fun I had with my friends who "swindled" me to keep on using the Live. Until I came to common sense and went back to Playstation, since PS1, Sony has never let me down, so I used PS Plus, and every penny was worth for what I got back.
Sitdown  +   1016d ago
Sony has never let you down? Wow, at times even Sony has let themselves down.... can you explain your secret.
MYSTERIO360  +   1016d ago
Sooner or later gamer will have to wise up and choose between paying for a rental app service or a rental games service personally i prefer the latter.
DA_SHREDDER  +   1016d ago
anyone that pays internet plus another fee on top of that just to play games that everyone else plays for free needs to get their head out of their you know what?
ALLWRONG  +   1016d ago
LOL you all pay for PSN+
Yomaster  +   1017d ago
Even as an Xbox Live subscriber with a 10-year tenure, I'm gonna have to agree with this one.

Xbox Live is arguably the most populated and stable online gaming service, but PlayStation Plus' extras and benefits are pretty damn awesome. Xbox Live is getting put to shame with those features.

Microsoft definitely needs an overhaul of the Xbox Live subscription. Access to multiplayer gaming, apps, and demos just doesn't suffice for $60 a year.
jimbobwahey  +   1017d ago | Well said
I think the worst part of the Xbox Live subscription fee is that the only feature it offers over the PSN is cross-game chat. The problem however, is that the PSN on Vita offers this feature for free as part of its online infrastructure, with the only reason that the PS3 lacks it being that they simply don't have enough memory available in the OS to add it.

Once the PS4 rolls around however, they will be able to integrate cross-game voice chat and party system that the Vita and Xbox 360 have, presumably for free. Once this happens, there will truly be nothing that Xbox Live Gold does that the PSN does not for free, so what can Microsoft do to justify the price when Sony rolls out the exact same service for free?

Will Microsoft announce new features/incentives for Xbox Live Gold on the next Xbox to justify the price?

Will Sony then integrate these features into the PSN during the months leading up to the launch of the PS4?

Microsoft is in a very difficult position in regards to maintaining their subscriber base going into the next console generation, and I'm fascinated to see how they will attempt to keep customers.
Yomaster  +   1017d ago
Good points! I agree. Hopefully some stiff competition from Sony sparks Microsoft into improving their Xbox Live service features.

I'll be happy if both companies competitively develop badass online gaming services. That way, we all win!
dale_denton  +   1017d ago
Great points here. i'm sure Microsoft will probably use new CoD DLC content on their next gen software to lure back these kids with xbox live subscribers like they have been doing.. SMH
sl0w-m0  +   1017d ago
I'm going to let mine expire soon too. The most instantaneous buyers remorse is when you renew gold and then you realize you don't have time to go online anymore. It's a lose-lose for people who enjoy their games with friends every once in a while, simply not worth it at face value
Lazarus69  +   1017d ago
I have to agree i renewed mine in February and have yet to play online although that'll change when GRID2 comes out.So atleast i'll get some use out of it but it's not really worth it for one game
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angelsx  +   1017d ago
never again pay for live.that's it
T2  +   1017d ago
My problem is I wanted to remove my credit card and it wouldnt let me sign in without cc on file even tho im prepayed until November !! Anyone else know how to fix this ?
T2  +   1017d ago
Ok for the people who disagreed to the FACT which I just posted please explain how to remove my cc from xbl
Ninja_G_Aidan  +   1017d ago
Go to bank and cancel, ring up Microsoft and explain the situation, if you can't remove card, add another card which you don't use and then hopefully you can delete your proper card details off system. Or just click "Off" on auto-renew, but you can't login soo I guess try ringing.
Sorry about that mate just a few guesses, hope one of them helps.
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wiz7191  +   1016d ago
Just go to their website
JBallerX  +   1016d ago
I had to call them directly to do this. My account was hacked and my cc used on my account. Everything was refunded to me, and Microsoft gave me a bunch of free Microsoft points, but I told them I wanted my cc off of the account. I will NEVER have my cc on a console again. Just in case...
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1017d ago
Lol why do you think MS colors are "green".

EDIT: Nobody else will defend MS on this site. I don't need to defend Sony. I have 100's already doing that for me.

So I defend them. False accusations, misconceptions "Why MS will fail" articles will continue to plague MS on the daily basis.

people don't like it that I defend MS and I get tons of disagrees and I'm constantly out numbered but, whatever.

I just thought it was funny. A long time Xbox Live user makes a switch to PSN. Cool, it does hurt me anyone else. It's his life.

Lol but think about it, MS colors are white and green. White for blank check and green after the tran$action.
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Donnieboi  +   1017d ago
Man, u used to defend M$ like it was your first born baby. Now even YOUR cracking jokes at them? This can't be good for MS.

Hopefully the 720 isn't as bad as the rumors say, because if it is, then there's no way in hell i'm giving MS another penny. PS4 is already a given for me anyway.
FRAKISTAN  +   1017d ago
Welcome to The DARK SIDE
Minato-Namikaze  +   1017d ago
Competition is the best thing ever. It's only good for consumers
ApolloTheBoss  +   1017d ago
Agreed. If anything pray and hope Microsoft stays in gaming industry. We don't want a monopoly on our hands.
Donnieboi  +   1017d ago
MS only tries to KILL the spirit of competition, by buying out exclusives from 3rd party games. So, as far as I see it, any OTHER competition would be good--but not MS. I really wished Valve would have released their Steam Box this year, but I doubt it now that they won't come to E3. Such a pity, as I think Valve would make better competition to Sony (since Valve is all about CORE gaming, just like Sony), but MS is all about crushing competition, ignoring the hardcore in exchange for casuals, and NOT providing first party exclusives. I'm sick of Halo, Gears, Forza...I'm gonna sell my 360 and Wii to put a down payment on a PS4, and use a little of it to get The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, and GTA 5 for PS3. I haven't paid my Gold subscription since it expired 3 months ago. My 360 just wastes space.
Dark_Ronius  +   1017d ago
The only thing that annoys me for the PSN is that all game servers are hosted either privately or by the companies themselves, whilst it is my understanding that Microsoft hosts most of the servers for most games on Xbox Live, hence the fee (could someone confirm this for me? I have never used this service).

This means we have games like Metal Gear Online, where the developer has shut down its servers and there is no way of having a private or LAN match.

If Sony made a deal with games companies to add additional capacity for games servers, and continue support even for games that the developer no longer wishes to support providing the player is a Playstation Plus member, then the PSN would be perfect.
kayoss  +   1017d ago
I dont think Microsoft host any servers for any of their games. But im not sure either. be great to know.
Minato-Namikaze  +   1017d ago
False, most games are hosted by the company themselves. EA, Acivision, Ubisoft all host their own servers. Maybe some of the smaller devs and publishers may get MS to host their servers but prety sure sony does that for smaller devs too.
OniAsura  +   1016d ago
In some cases Sony will help game developers with servers. If you remember at all or even heard before Atlus was about to shut down the servers for Demon Souls due to Dark Souls being released and Sony came along and gave them a hand and said they'd help out keeping the servers up. Now Demon Souls is free on PS+ and it has gained a lot of activity again.
-GametimeUK-  +   1017d ago
I let mine go in say around 2008?

There was a 360 in my house and it was the only console capable of online to an entertaining degree (in my house at that time... The PS3 arrived later here) so paying for live didn't seem that bad...

As my PS3 collection grew I began to not need Live. PS+ is here, my PS can access online and netflix etc for free and I personally love PS+... plus I have a gaming a PC... I just don't feel the need for Live any more.

My friends say they pay because it's better than PS online, but I don't see it. Who am I to bash them on their opinion, though? It's their money and they're happy with the service.
T2  +   1017d ago
I have used both for years and xbl is better in exactly zero ways ...ppl saying its more stable, better voice quality, etc are lying ... It has voicemail and party chat which are useful but in no way worth any money .
Jek_Porkins  +   1017d ago
See, there are other options, and you aren't forced to buy an Xbox or Xbox Live. Yet we still see people complain about it, even though the service has continually grown and is now at 46 million users, up 15% which is huge.

It's not for everyone though, if you are a budget gamer I'd highly recommend going another route. As a Live subscriber for 8 years, I couldn't be happier with the service, but then again I'm constantly using it.
Minato-Namikaze  +   1017d ago
I'm not a budget gamer and have plenty of spare money and still wont pay to play online. Its probably the only thing that has kept me from having a 360 as my secondary console.
thebudgetgamer  +   1017d ago
I am.


Still I agree with you.
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FlunkinMonkey  +   1016d ago
How on earth do you (Jek), and EVILDEAD 360 have so many bubbles when you spout so much nonsensical rubbish..

You are CHARGED TO PLAY ONLINE.. How do you not grasp that that is ridiculous?

I am luckily quite well off with concerns to my finances, but that doesn't mean i'm going to be a complete idiot, and pay for something that other companies have show you don't have to..

No offense but i find it really quite pathetic.
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Jek_Porkins  +   1016d ago
I'm charged to make phone calls on a phone I own, charged to watch NFL games with Sunday Ticket, even though I already pay for satellite TV, I pay for gas even though I bought the car.

I've never paid more than $35 for Xbox Live, which is a good deal, I feel secure with their service and I feel it's a step above the competition, again those are just my opinions.

I pay more per month for a haircut than I do for Xbox Live, one gallon of gas costs more than a month of Xbox Live. Please try to keep it in perspective at least.

I get charged for a lot of things in life as an adult that I find ridiculous, a premium online service isn't one of them.

Not sure about Evildead 360, but I think we get bubbles because we don't troll, we just speak honestly and even if someone doesn't agree with our opinion, they respect it, as we do theirs.

I also think there might be a bit of a movement here at N4G, I get a lot of messages from people with accounts here who love what I have to say, and wish they could say it, but are afraid to because they think it'll be considered trolling.

I don't troll, just speak my mind, just because my opinion is different doesn't make me wrong, and vice versa.
FlunkinMonkey  +   1016d ago
Ha.. Spin, spin, spin.. Try it all you like mate, you still pay for a service which i don't. You're bound to say they provide a better service, because it's the only service you have.

Hilarious.. You have the nerve to say you get many private messages from beloved fans saying how legendary your comments are. You also get hundreds upon hundreds of disagree's, due to your aptitude in giving comments which blatantly show ignorance..

I play online for free, you don't.. Spin it, i'm sure you will.

Yes it's your opinion, and i think you're wrong.. That's my opinion, along with many many others.. What's your point?
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Hicken  +   1016d ago
You're already being charged for your internet. And you've already paid for your game, and the console. Hell, you've already paid for electricity.

Why is it okay to pay for XBL, when it's simply giving you access to things you've already paid for?

None of that other stuff is an even comparison. In fact, they're downright STUPID.

No one else offers phone service for free if you don't pay. You don't get EVERY NFL GAME through your service unless you have Sunday Ticket. Your car doesn't work without gas.

Not every troll is as blatant as "Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo sucks." You, EVILDEAD, and a few others fit into the category called "stealth trolls." You say blatantly false things, or something negative, but do it in such a way that people think you're right, or being nice, or smart.

A few people see through your type. Doesn't do us much good, though.
MasterCornholio  +   1017d ago
I went farther than that.

When Microsoft unleashed the Kinect i said good bye 360 and hello PS3.

In the beginning i didnt have plus but then i thought what the heck i payed for gold so i might as well pay for plus. Ever since the first day of my Plus subscription i was convinced that XBOXlive gold is a scam.

EDIT: BTW now that i think about it i never had an issue with multiplayer on PSN but on Xboxlive i had ton of issues especially with the voice chat and this was before i upgraded my internet connection to 100MBs.
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MilkMan  +   1017d ago
I have to say next-gen I have my eye on PS4 for this reason. I've been talking to all my faithful Xbox buddies and the only thing we are waiting for is whatever announcement M$ is going to state. If in this illumiroom gimmick laden dog and pony show they don't mention things like "$50 bucks for a year and free games with your subscription"

We've all decided to go with WiiU (which some of use already have) and PS4.

We just need more bang for our buck and we want new experiences. With these two well be covered. M$ hasn't proven itself to know or understand gamer needs. Just how to suck the money our of your wallet.
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CEOSteveBallmer  +   1017d ago
Finally, another one not blinded and has seen the light. Even if im an xbox hardcore gamer, I will complain some point in time if I see a subscription that makes me pay things that are free on other devices. Don't give me Xbox live is faster and more stable. Some 360 users says otherwise. They say its the "Same" with stability and speed. So i don't see any point to pay for something that should be "Free"
RuleofOne343  +   1017d ago
Good for those who chose the Option or Choice to not renew their Xbl membership good for them.
As for me I will continue to pay as is my Option, Choice, besides been doing so for 6-7 years and have no Quarrels with doing so besides it's pretty much chump change when you do the math.
Due to the fact am pleased with what is offered to me.
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Rip-Ridah  +   1017d ago
That's a fair opinion. However, I disagree with the overall use of the two words "option" & "choice." If one wants to play Halo, Forza, or COD online, they are "forced" to subscribe to Gold. To watch Netflix, one is "forced" to subscribe to Gold. The only true choice/option in the matter is deciding whether it is worth it or not. Again, it is clearly worth it in your opinion, so fair enough. Option or choice is the true epitome of PS+ imo. Some may disagree, but that is fair as well.
Shuyin  +   1017d ago | Well said
You could of course pay the same amount of money and get many free games and stuff instead of having to pay to use your internet which you already..PAY.
Oh well, I suppose common sense ain't that important anymore these days.
noctis_lumia  +   1017d ago
witwicky343 keep paying then lol everythin u pay for i get it fdor free lol and without sub with + so lol clap clap clap.....

u r just a blinded xbox fangirl nuff said.
HexxedAvenger  +   1017d ago
I myself had an Xbox for awhile. I gave it to my girlfriend because she found more use of it. She enjoyed the kinect, until I got her a 3ds lol. But I honestly prefer Ps+ once I got it, I honestly have not looked back at my Xbox. My Vita is happy it's getting use and I'm in dire need of a new hdd for my ps3 because of all the games on ps+. I hope Microsoft gets on the ball this upcoming gen. What they show might make or break them IMO.
strickers  +   1017d ago
You don't need to keep them all on your hdd . Once you've clicked download they are in your download list. As long as you have Plus, you can download them as and when. Delete any, you can download them later
noctis_lumia  +   1017d ago
its ms buddy dont worry they will copy paste the ps+
Knight_Crawler  +   1016d ago
Yes becuase Sony did PS+ becuase the felt kind hearted -_-

Sony had no other option but to release PS+ because even with a free PSN MS was still getting more gamers on Live.

Do you think if Sony could rake in $60 a year from millions of gamers they would not do it? Sony dropped the ball when the PS3 launched by laughing at MS and thinking that Online gaming would not take off this gen.

PS+ is Sonys way of taken gamers from Live and secretly introducing a fee for the PS4...MS will try to one up Sony but to say that MS is copying is just being a Sony fanboy.

Edit: Also, so now EVERYTIME an average Joe gives up Live an article has to be posted on N4G because OMG its breaking news and has to reach the top page.
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josephayal  +   1017d ago
I've been paying for Gold for 9 years
I feel like sometimes I pay an annual fee just to play Halo, Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the service
Rip-Ridah  +   1017d ago
Many people are in your same situation. That's a whole console & generation to boot. ($50 * 9 years = $450) Just a rough average. It is hard for me to comprehend paying that for one game. To be fair tho, I thought the same thing about mmo's before DCUO released on the PS3 in January 2011. Almost 2 1/2 years later & I've payed $10 a month consistently. Only thing is, I really am not forced to because the game is free to play & PSN has no required subscription. Getting side tracked, but my point is, if ppl find value in something, they'll pay. It's just hard to see value in something when there are options that seemingly trump it.
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iistuii  +   1017d ago
Here we go yet again. Please can someone with a mental age of more than 7 on this site explain to me why it's so upsetting for them that other people choose to pay for Xbox live. If you don't want to, fine, off you go to another console, but stop coming on crying over what other people choose to spend their money on. If its not xbox live, it's COD or Fifa getting stick. You have a choice, buy or move along, but remember other people also have a choice, please try & get over it.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1017d ago
Truth be told, I like most 360 users only bought Gold to play online and to chat with friends. These better be free additions to the next MS console. They could still make money off subscriptions by doing something similar to PSN+
Roper316  +   1017d ago
It's upto whoever is writing the check to decide how there money is best spent. While I would never in a million years pay for live because I feel it is a ripoff. Someone else may feel they are getting a deal for their money with their Live subscription.

So who is right?

We both are, because it's our money and noone elses.
ghostgaming  +   1017d ago
Hopefully competition will foster an environment that MS tries to compete with next generation. As an owner of both, I don't mind paying and understand those that do and don't, but it is clear, without prejudice, that PS+ offers much more value for the dollar. Yes, MS does offer a few games from time to time for free, but the quality and quantity do not match what PS gives away.
isyourhouseonfire  +   1017d ago
I pay every year. As the saying goes 'you gotta pay to play'. As long as XBOX LIVE is the only quality gaming service available then I just have to pay.

Trust me... I will happily take a free service once a proven option is available.
shivvy24  +   1016d ago
Oh My Fucking God !
sovietsoldier  +   1017d ago
have to be honest iv always been a pc gamer ever since c64 came out.
noctis_lumia  +   1017d ago
good someone with sense
with sony everything is free and with + u get tons of stuffs for nothing

everything gold offers u have it on sony network standard not even with +, cant believe naps still paying this gold crap for nothing.
xJumpManx  +   1017d ago
Everyone will be paying for it next gen so does it even still matter.
SDF Repellent  +   1017d ago
Cry me a river, $3-$4 a month for a Xbox live is definitely worth it for me. I have both Xbox and PS3, and the latter online community is like a minor league baseball setup compare to the major league set up of Live. If you feel like it is not worth it, just keep it to yourself and stop beating a dead horse as many xbox live subscribers are happy with the service for over a decade now. These articles keep popping up on N4G to feed the trolls and adds nothing new to gaming news, is getting old.
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MrBeatdown  +   1016d ago
"Xbox live is definitely worth it for me"

"If you feel like it is not worth it, just keep it to yourself"

So, we can only share our opinion if we think it's worth it?

Sounds about right coming from a guy named "SDF Repellent".
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mochachino  +   1016d ago
I did last December too after 5 years of paying for Live like an idiot. Don't regret it at all, although my 360 feels worthless now.

Bought a game instead, smartest gaming choice I've made all gen.
OniXRuleZ  +   1016d ago
The Comment's from Sony Funny Fan Boy's...... are Funny! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Xbox Live Kill's PS +....!
But haters will hate and fanboys will hate.... Kids!!!!!!????
Father Murder X  +   1016d ago
Here we go again with the same shit.I can;t even muster any words.
G20WLY  +   1016d ago
...and yet, you just did lol. Shame one of them was profane.

Article is spot on - nothing else to add.
Zeniix  +   1016d ago
I had the same thing happening a while ago that I didn't paid for my xbl gold, and now I'm so eager to get ps4 :l
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