Xbox Live Gold Is Still One of the Biggest Ripoffs in Tech

A lot of mud has been slung Microsoft's way this week, much of it deserved. Used game restrictions, mandatory internet check-ins; these new impositions don't sit well. But they also distract from the single worst thing about the Xbox One, which was also the single worst thing about Xbox 360: The tyranny of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.

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cl19832007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

And sony has joined them.


To play online with the ps4 you will have to have plus at the fee of 5.00 a month or 60.00 year.

Majin-vegeta2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Ahh nope you get free games along with the online play and i can still access my netflix without it.Nice try though troll.

@below wrong it's $10 cheaper than xbox live.Do research.

cl19832007d ago

And you fail to comprehend that I stated the ps4 has join the Xbox one in charging a the exact same fee to play online.

UNGR2007d ago

You now get any 2 free games from a list of titles on demand with XBL Gold starting July 1st. Better late than never. Also we haven't seen how Live will change for the X1, maybe they'll elaborate soon, with all of it's shortcomings and bonuses.

IcicleTrepan2007d ago

you get free RENTALS of games. stop paying, you can't play anymore. Stop twisting things to make them sound better than they are.

swerve1212007d ago

Xbox Live offers way more content. and M$ gives away free games now also. so i think M$ wins in that department. that drm and used games smh

Vip3r2007d ago


How does that differ to the x1s drm?

Answer - We can still play our rentals offline without 24hr sign ins.

Wagz222007d ago

Even though ps+ is a pretty good deal, it does kinda suck its required to play online now.

kreate2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Other than the obvious stuff other users commented on already...

Microsoft is the one to blame for being such a greedy capitalist by getting the lemmings to understand paying to play online is beneficial to the consumers. Which is a delusion.

Mostly I heard excuses like..

'It's only few bucks a month'
'Cross game chat is so worth it'
'Xbox live is the best!'

Comments from the fanboys. I already knew Sony was gonnamplement it, and next gen Nintendo will implement it as well. Than it will be pc the gen after that. Becuz Xbox live was so successful.

360degrees2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Again with the hypocrisy? Regardless of your console of choice please realize that both sony and Microsoft are on the same level playing field currently when it comes to online gaming. One must pay to play. It really is as elementary as that, regardless of how one tries to spin the facts with misinformation, or personally justify this extra monthly cost to themselves. So now since they are now essentially the exact same service, to negatively demonize Microsoft for their policy, one must in turn equally scrutinize sony for embracing the same financial policy.

darthv722007d ago

what you say is technically true but you cant put your PS+ sub on hold to watch netflix.

Since you are paying for the service (as a whole) all the free stuff isnt free anymore. think of it as all inclusive with your membership.

the ones who can proclaim they can watch netflix are the ones who dont pay for any part of the service.

And i believe the free games live gives are in fact free. Or at least they used to be free in the sense that if you let the sub expire, the games were still yours to keep and play. I have several like that but they are the xbl arcade types, not full retail type games.

With live now giving members a couple of games a month as part of their membership, we need someone to let their sub lapse and see if the game is still playable.

any volunteers?

Rivitur2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Xbl is stuck in the past but Sony did step into the darkside by making you pay to play.

kreate2007d ago


we already know captain obvious. but u need to accept that microsoft is the one who started this, and gamers like u are the one who supported this, and the industry isnt gonna go backwards.

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zeal0us2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Gold is more a ripoff compared to PSN because its giving you access to services you already pay for(this doesn't include online gaming) for $60. Some services are free on you PC like facebook and twitter but in order to access it on your 360 you have to pay for XBLG. This is what the author is trying to get across.

PSN+ on the other hand isn't required to for video streaming services. Heck even PSN+ isn't required for F2P games(far as online multiplayer goes, other F2P games will be left up to the publisher).

Septic2007d ago

I agree on this point; the requirement to have Gold to access things like Netflix and YouTube is just a joke. This definitely needs to be sorted out and Gold is a ripoff on this point.

As a service though, Xbox Live, in my opinion is still the best current gen system for playing online by virtue of the features that we have talked to death about. It sure as hell isn't "one of the biggest ripoffs in tech" that the sensationalist headline states it is.

For value for money in terms of content though, yeah, the PS+ is better at the moment.

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FlunkinMonkey2007d ago

You just got burned... twice... by the same person... try harder

Bzone242007d ago

Don't even try. They trashed paying for online multiplayer because you already pay for Internet and for it being forced on you, but now it's ok just because its Sony. I don't care what it includes, it is now being forced on you.

strigoi8142007d ago

Research are just looking funny and stupid with that reaction of yours..

Thegamer412007d ago

Think of it like this, would you pay for Xbox Live if playing online wasn't one of its features? People have been willing to pay for PS+ before they announced that you need it for online multiplayer, for its other features alone.

darx2007d ago

What about the people who didn't pay for PS+ but liked to play online MP?

AngelicIceDiamond2007d ago

How many people have PS+ is the question? I'm pretty sure large chunk of the community is still using the PS3's free features.

Btw I'm 90% certain MS will continue to offer free games or content on XBO.

JackVagina2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

What a year of PS+ looks like

June 2012 - May 2013

All that for 50$

If anyone gives smack to PS+ just link that.

FlunkinMonkey2007d ago

wow, no fackin about. i've never even subscribed but defo on this..

GABRIEL10302007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

I have PS Plus subscription and for 50 bucks I received for FREE:

Uncharted 3, Deus Ex, Xcom, Blazblue, Borderlands, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Tekken PSP, Soul Calibur PSP, Infamous 2, Vanquish, Sepc Ops the Line, Ninja Gaiden Vita, Little Big Planet, Sleeping Dogs, Street Figther, Bioshock, Resident Evil 5, King of the Fighters XIII, DEMON'S SOULS, Starhawk......FOR FREE... PS PLUS IS THE BEST SERVICE EVER, If you dont have money....PLUS IS YOUR SALVATION.....AMAZING SERVICE....AND FOR PS4 ....DRIVECLUB WILL BE FOR FREE WITH PLUS....SONY YOU ARE AMAZING.

sickamore2007d ago

Yes Sony join them they had to with the new UI and Software running on PS4 but please do your home they offer is far greater then what Gold Offers

PS4 - 2 Free Games Each Month This alone beats GOLD regardless of the title which are triple AAA at times.

Oh you don't need PS+ to use Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming service BUT you need GOLD just to use a app that can be used for free on your computer, on my Apple TV, on Smart TV see where this is going.

Microsoft use all the similar apps others offer free but make you have a subscription to use the APP this is horrible.

darx2007d ago

Well Youtube, Netflix & Hulu shouldn't matter to you anyway. Right? It's a gming console who needs the TV aspect on their gaming console.

Corpser2007d ago

So now people like games with drm that are locked to your accout, that you can't resell or loan to friends?

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yewles12007d ago

We now know that Gold is still mandatory on all multiplayer and required for services that are free elsewhere, like multimedia services. PS+ is not required for multimedia apps and requirement for multiplayer is more limited. With negotiations from pubs or devs, F2P games and asynchronous online multiplayer can still be free.

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SpinalRemains2007d ago

Paying 3 different fees to use Netflix has got to be the biggest ripoff I've ever heard of.

I actually didn't know that Live Gold was required to use the browser, Netflix or Youtube, but that's just absurd.

PS+ is actually so awesome that millions buy it now without the need for multiplayer.

Still, it sucks hard that it's mandatory for next Gen multiplayer. There's no way around that.

It isn't as awful as Live Gold, but that doesn't mean it's good. The free games are superb, but needing it to play, blows.

IcicleTrepan2007d ago

which three fees would those be by the way?

abcde123452007d ago

1. Internet
2. Xbox Live Gold
3. Netflix subscription

SpinalRemains2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Your ISP

Your Netflix streaming fee.

-These two suffice everywhere else, but Xbox 360 requires one more-
Your Xbox Live Gold

You didn't even realize it either I guess, but that's pretty rotten.

brianunfried2007d ago

Xbox Live Gold = 2 Free Games a Month

Playstaytion Plus = 18 Free games upon joining (12 Hit games for PlayStation 3 and 6 for PS Vita), New Free Games Every Month, Exclusive discounts of 10% - 75% on the PlayStation Store.

You figure out which is the better deal.

brianunfried2007d ago

Disagree all you want, information was taken from the Playstation website. I didn't make it up.

swerve1212007d ago

M$ just started the program. So why would you compare them?

ZodTheRipper2007d ago

Because M$ has charged for online gaming for half a decade now without giving you shiz and PS+ was consumer friendly from the beginning.

Virtual_Reality2007d ago (Edited 2007d ago )

Do you realize those 2 free games only will last until November?
Is not a permanent feature added for Xbox Live Gold.

Virtual_Reality2007d ago

Xbox Live only will offer 2 games until November.

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