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Why Microsoft changed the 360 subscription model for Xbox One’s free-games program

An original interview with Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi explains why you'll need to keep your Xbox Live Gold subscription to keep playing Xbox One Games with Gold.

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barefootgamer1311d ago

"Because the old model was stupid." End of story. ;)

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Darrius Cole1311d ago

Those April Xbox One sales numbers must really be bad.

ramiuk11310d ago

i wonder what xboners will say now ,im sure the fact they got to keep a crap game from years ago and didnt need a sub was why GWG was better than ps+.

on another note what an awesome game there getting for the first month on xbone.
i hope the new boss sorts alot of the issues out,might tempt me to move my ps4 from centre of tv nit and give a litte bit of room to buy a xbone in a few motnhs if something decent(in my eyes) comes out for it.

Neonridr1311d ago

Because this way they can offer newer, more relevant games.

palaeomerus1310d ago

newer, more relevant games = 2 year old indie steam crap, and old games that are being sold in stuff like humble publisher bundles.

Neonridr1310d ago

@palaeomerus - While the PS4 PS+ titles haven't been anything to write home about, give it time. The PS3 selections have been amazing. Imagine getting AAA games like Bioshock Infinite for free when the game released like 9 months prior.

Volkama1311d ago

Indeed, called this change ages ago. The moment they said Games with Gold would eventually come to Xbox One they said "in some form", and it was a pretty safe bet this was it.

XiSasukeUchiha1311d ago

Thank you for the listening to your fans!

ErcsYou1311d ago (Edited 1311d ago )

Didn't the fans attempt to brag about how they got to keep their "free" game forever? I wonder how they feel? I bet they feel some type of way.

Hyper_Tension1401311d ago

I think he means newer games with gold.

testerg351311d ago

I guess the same way Sony fans feel about having to pay for online play. You just have to deal with it.

memots1311d ago

ahh yes the usual ... The free game are not free comments.

ColManischewitz1311d ago

Is Dark Souls relevant enough?

shinrock1311d ago (Edited 1311d ago )

Is free good enough?
But i wil say that im truly pissed about not being able to keep the dl'd title. Thanks sony fans!

badz1491311d ago

Yeah. They should just keep the old model and offer Dark Souls for keep 3 years later! /s

barb_wire1311d ago

How can you blame Sony when MS is saying it listened to their fans.. seems the fans wanted it this way, so go blame them.

n4rc1311d ago

I'm not pissed at all..

Both systems had something to offer.. Gwg gave you older games you can keep, PS+ leased you newer games that you don't own.

Personally.. I've never found keeping my xbl gold an issue in the least.. So I'd rather the PS+ model..

You can blame sony for giving us free games to play, I guess.. Lol.. I think I'll be thanking them

Parapraxis1311d ago (Edited 1311d ago )

"But i wil say that im truly pissed about not being able to keep the dl'd title. Thanks sony fans!"
What the hell man, you are seriously blaming Sony fans?
grow up.

The PS+ model is just way better, for the company and the majority of consumers.
That is why MS has basically changed theirs to be the exact same!

Ghost_Nappa1311d ago

Exactly, we have Sony's dick punch at e3 to thank for no online checks and not needing the kinect to be plugged in

Volkama1310d ago

That's the funny thing about this change Ghost_Nappa. You now subscribe to access your leased games. It is clearly a move towards online checks.

All the people that raised pitchforks at MS and accused them of attacking their rights as a consumer are quite willing to wave those rights if they see good value.

MS failed to convince anyone that good value was on offer, if they had succeeded then the One would be the online-only box they tried to sell in the first place.

NatureOfLogic_1311d ago

They're basically copying PSN and PSplus for better or worse with this change and no paywall change. MS doesn't have their own direction for gaming at the moment. And they're basically trying to imitate Sony's direction for gaming.

zeuanimals1311d ago (Edited 1311d ago )

Yup. I'll take better things wherever it is and I don't care if it's been "copied". PSN wouldn't be what it was if it didn't copy XBL.

OrangePowerz1311d ago (Edited 1311d ago )

They lost their direction last year with their first 180.

They had to do the 180 because the DRM and online check in was horrible. Problem is their system was built on many bad ideas that got all reversed in the last 12 months. All of that makes the console better, but they should have been thinking about it before revealing the console. Now it looks like they have no idea what they wanted their console to be and that they don't stand behind their product. What we have now is a console that tries to be a PS4 but with weaker hardware, a HDMI in to watch tv and an OS that is bad to navigate with a controller because it was designed for a peripheral that just sent to die. I have never seen so many u-turns in gaming in my life.

With all the changes since the reveal you don't even know what to expect from the future. Will they keep the HDMI in or drop that? Will they do the Xbox TV stuff for longer or just a short time before they axe that if it doesn't sell units?

A year ago before the reveal nobody would have expected that MS needs to copy Sony.

n4rc1311d ago

That's a pretty ridiculous comment..

Someone has to be first.. In everything.

If its a success, it gets implemented by all..

Ms doesn't have a vision for matching a popular feature? Guess Sony doesn't understand communication since they copied cross game party chat?

Gimme a break man.. Ms has a clear vision, give its fans what they want and what they ask for.. Seriously.. Wasn't all these changes the main 3 complaints everyone had?

memots1311d ago

You know PC and steam had this, So called "revolutionary party chat"

Seriously dude.