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Free Multiplayer Gaming for Silver Memberships on Xbox Live

Players with Xbox Live Silver Memberships will have the opportunity to taste some of the multiplayer experience before they upgrade to gold memberships. Microsoft is calling this "Friendship is Free" and for a month these players that have yet to upgrade will see the multiplayer functionality functions for eight games be unlocked for them to try out.

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vitz32733d ago

Free online P2P multiplayer gaming. So revolutionary, I wish Blizzard would have done this before.

jaysquared2733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

Definitely a revolution! That's why Sony copied them! LOL!

Yes M$ innovates... Everybody knows PSN pretty much copied everything off XBL.. Trophies, In game XMB, Movie Service, etc etc etc... XBL has been around for 5 years and yes there were console online services before like the Dreamcast but none as revolutionary as XBL for a console. When fXBL first launch I was able to check and send messages ingame and to different users who are playing different games than me and all the games supported ingame chat. PSN wasn't able to do that till just recenlty. This gen the PS3 is pretty much copying M$ has on its consoles. Seriously if the 360 didn't have an achievement system, in game dashboard, movie services, now rental services the PS3 would just be plain as it did when it launched. So my title quote stays true!

Rick AstIey2733d ago

Paying to play online = Microsoft innovates?

PSN is free and supports dedicated servers rather than last gen P2P networking.

Engineer2733d ago

The amount of missed sarcasm on this site is hilarious ;)

Elven62733d ago

A common misconception with the 360 and PS3 :/

Not all live games are P2P many multiplayer intensive games have dedicated servers. Just has many PSN games use P2P, not all games have dedicated servers.

Tomdc2733d ago

I thourght every new xbox came with a months free gold membership wih it anyway!?

jaysquared2733d ago

So I get 14 disagrees but nobody wants to argue my statements? how about stating why you disagree with my statement? Its probably because you can't!

Willio2733d ago

Ms innovated Red ring and Sony/Wii doesnt want to immitate.

Proxy2733d ago

PS3 copied the PC. Just like the 360 did.

However, 360 did "innovate" monthly charges for what is free on all other platforms.

princejb1342733d ago

even though your opinion may be true
it may also be true that MS saw how popular/succesful, sony was with releasing the playstation
they also saw how much money sony was making out of the gaming industry
thus, MS wanted a piece of that pie, and money and further released the xbox

vickers5002733d ago

"So I get 14 disagrees but nobody wants to argue my statements? how about stating why you disagree with my statement? Its probably because you can't!"

It's because you and your statement are so ridiculously f*cking stupid that it's not even worth it. Any fact that could be argued to you and that could be proven, would fly straight over your head. Trying to argue with you is like trying to argue with the likes of TheMART or Firstknight: completely pointless.

jaysquared2733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

@proxy..

And guess who dominates in the PC industry? M$ as well! So M$ pretty much copied itself! LOL! Yeah think before you talk!

"even though your opinion may be true
it may also be true that MS saw how popular/succesful, sony was with releasing the playstation
they also saw how much money sony was making out of the gaming industry
thus, MS wanted a piece of that pie, and money and further released the xbox "

What are you trying to suggest here? Sony did the same thing as did Nintendo. These companies copy each other but M$ really revolutionize the console industry with the introduction of XBL. Sony revolutionize the industry as well with the introduction of a disc based machine but that was also copied from Sega when cuz they came out with the Sega CD first.

@vickers- Try me bro.. I'm open ears I would like to know how PSN isn't a copy of XBL. Go ahead i'm all ears. Yes I'm a fan of the 360 but i'm not a blind fanboy. I always gave props to Sony for giving those updates they do and all for free. I resent M$ for charging for XBL and would perfer it free. So please I would love to hear your argument. Hopefully i'll have enough bubles though.

vickers5002733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

"Yes M$ innovates... Everybody knows PSN pretty much copied everything off XBL.. Trophies, In game XMB, Movie Service, etc etc etc..."

MS did not innovate any of that, so that one little statement nullifies your entire argument. Achievements were on the pc ages before the 360, and downloadable movie services have been around a long time as well.

And I wouldn't go throwing around that statement "sony copies EVERYTHING off of microsoft". Seriously, after the NXE update, it is painfully and embarassingly obvious that ms is copying from sony. They've even started to copy littlebigplanet. In reality, microsoft hasn't innovated in a long @$$ time, they have run out of ideas and all they can do at the moment is throw millions of dollars at something to profit off of their "originality".

tehReaper2733d ago

"MS did not innovate any of that, so that one little statement nullifies your entire argument. Achievements were on the pc ages before the 360, and downloadable movie services have been around a long time as well."

Really, now? Before Xbox LIVE, when was the last time you saw those features on a console? That's innovation, my friend. Achievements were never so simple, Microsoft made them simple. Video services were offered over the net, but how long have they been offered on a console?

Pretty much EVERY feature XBL brought to the 360, Sony now has some form of it. I call it friendly competition, fanboys call it copying. In reality, every company copies. It's the flow of business.

vickers5002733d ago

"That's innovation, my friend."

No, it's not. It is stealing an idea and changing little details. You wouldn't call someone who copies someones song and replaces a couple of words innovative would you? They have done nothing new, they have just brought what has already been invented to consoles, which is NOT innovation.

tehReaper2733d ago

Vickers

You're going to have some form of copying with ANYTHING. Think for a second. Here's an example: LittleBigPlanet is very innovative in my mind. Media Molecule took creating tools and platforming, and mixed them. I'm pretty sure level editing has been around for a while and I don't even have to defend platforming. It's innovative because it breathed new life into platformers. Just like XBL did for consoles.

See, I even gave a pro-PS3 example. Innovation is flawed, as nothing will ever be truly original. Everything stems from something.

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Why o why2733d ago

are you frikkin kiddin me or what. Thats its MS give em a taste then 'wallop' F U PAY ME because they'll be hooked right?

OfficerTenpenny2733d ago

they will have to purchase or have purchased the games to truly enjoy them too, so they will make some money on the sales too.

Nineball21122733d ago

LOL @ Why o why!!

I was thinking the exact same thing when I read that. Couldn't they have thought of a more appropriate slogan?

C'mon let's all admit.... Friendship is DEFINITELY NOT free with MS.

darthv722733d ago

Is a month not long enough? When the cable companies give away free weekends of HBO or Showtime I don't complain. Can't really see what is to complain about getting free month on live. Usually they give 48 hours of free live with certain games (gears2 had a card for it). I'll take a month of free over 48 hours any day.

Oh and when the cable free weekend is over...I just go back to watching regular cable or movies. I just wish they would have them more often (or maybe a months worth of free HBO).

Why o why2733d ago

thats my problem. free trials are always good but to accompany it with that slogan just seems counter-productive because in essence friendship is NOT free on xbl

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Fishy Fingers2733d ago (Edited 2733d ago )

Pretty good idea, better if you could play any game, should of thrown a free month in for the Gold Subscribers to. Keep it fair.

Counter_ACT2733d ago

but its not a good idea because you cant play any game

sajj3162733d ago

Says Sony ... Come my gamers, its fun and free :) We don't discriminate!

jmare2733d ago

What's sad is it's not games like Halo, gears or CoD, it's XBLA games. While they might be fun, this would work better with the big games that people play online.

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