An editorial by Cesar at TeamXbox.
"Xbox Live Gold is overpriced.
I said it.
Back in the Xbox days, online multiplayer on a console could be considered a value-added proposition-but in this generation, it is just a commodity. The PlayStation Network is vivid proof of that.
It is also worth highlighting that, with this new incarnation of the service, Microsoft is getting lot of money from Xbox Live, thanks to its Marketplace. The success of TV shows, films and other downloads have exceeded Microsoft's expectations, so it's not like Uncle Bill is losing money this time around.
But it is easy to criticize without proposing solutions and alternate options.
To prove I'm not the typical make-it-free whiner who is demanding Microsoft to make Xbox Live completely gratis, I'm instead proposing that the two-level memberships should exist as it does now, but with online multiplayer gameplay (as we know it) being free for everyone, while a paid membership incorporates new features. What features, you ask?"