Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live online video-game service probably broke the $1 billion revenue mark for the first time in the year that just ended, helped by sales of movies, avatar accessories and extra game levels.
bad for the people that are paying for a service that should be FREE!
I have both a 360 and a PS3 and continue to pay $40 a year because most of my friends play on the 360.
daeeymmn, thts a lotta suckas
thats exactly what microsoft wanted... a kid buys a 360...his friend is goin to want a 360 a kid buys LIVE...his friend is goin to want to buy LIVE and it worked...but me personaly..i bought a 360 cuz it came out b4 the ps3...a year later it crapped on me/had it fixed then sold it as soon as the ps3 hit shelves... point is I buy systems for the GAMES not cuz my friends have one! disagrees are from the same people that keep buying the same hardware(360s) that fails time and time again...oh well,keep putting more money in Micro$oft$ Wallet...you guys are doin a good job of it!
Nice one, how you console suckers fall for the scams of Xbox Live and Playstation Plus. I'll go enjoy gaming on DEDICATED SERVERS on my pc for FREE! MWAHAHAHHA
dosent the ps3 have dedicated servers? and isnt ps3 online.. free..? just saying... and dosent ps3 have a huge free social gaming network called Home? just saying... hehe edit @ hideff freak- exactly, all my friends have 360s, all i had to do was look over at the playstation brand and see granturismo and socom sitting there waiting for me. sori friends : )
at the guy whos talking about PC is the best. Have fun with all the mods on every game. At least on the 360 its on a couple of games, and the ps3 isnt really modded yet. Xbox live is a good service and I dont mind paying for it. PSN is a decent service but remember when MW2 came out, I couldnt get on the ps3 servers for 2 days after release. Thats never happened on the xbox. I did buy MW2 on both consoles and I play extensively on both.
Free movies, and TV shows, and everything else I want because I pay 14 cents a day? Get real.
Blame this for Sony moving into subscriptions too.
Are you saying Microsoft makes decisions for Sony now? You must be in some sort of Jedi denial. Xbox Live can't be that bad considering how many users they have. I think it's a solid service myself, and most of the people crying about it in here seem to be PS3 fanboys.
Blame? I've got now idea how old you might be but you obviously don't understand that money is what makes industries work. The subs are a requirement of the ongoing billing that an online service requires.
i wanna share a story real quick: This story has to do with the grim reality of trying to become an elite member of the 360 but being too broke to become one. ill keep it brief: The story begins with the death of my launch model 60 PS3. After 4 trustworthy years of service it finally crapped out on me. Being unemployed at the time, i needed to get my gaming fix and fast and Crackdown 2 was just around the corner. S0 i turned to the seemingly inexpensive Xbox 360. Man was i in for a ride. I didnt notice in the past when i first purchase my 1st 360 how trivial it is to purchase this console and game online, when money wasnt really a thing. Being the broke guy i was at the time, the first thing i went to do was research where i can find a 360 for cheap, and so the mayhem begun. First i went to Cragslist. Great!! someone was selling a brand new 360 for only 100 bucks!!! but wait....it was an arcade unit....bummer so i then research a pro unit. ok, a bit more expensive....but i didnt fret, this system becoming a part of my library was still somewhat feasible. but wait.....i needed a wireless adapter...bummer i began to grow frustrated. after several favors, and broken promises ive managed to accumulate enough money to purchase the unit. but wait.... XBL Gold....wtf, bummer still i didnt fret, i could purchase a 3 month but wait....i gotta buy the actual game.....bummer i had enough. i flew into a frenzy, got down on my knees and asked why and cried the night away on the carpet. the next day i bought a ps3, with no peripherals, i mean literally none. once more i gamed, again....
but good thing you didnt buy Crackdown 2
i here ya, i bought a 360 off craigslist for $85 W/ a 20gig harddrive to play halo3, once those free month of XBlive gold expired... SEE YA!!. sold it for $130, then continued to play socom and go on playstation home, for free. i only need one until the ps4 comes out.
Get a job and you could've gotten one just fine. I don't think anybody cares about the difficulties of buying things when you're too thick or lazy to have a job :)
"First i went to Cragslist. Great!! someone was selling a brand new 360 for only 100 bucks!!! " Mistake #1. "but wait.....i needed a wireless adapter...bummer " Mistake #2. Do you have a mentally retarded modem that doesn't have any ethernet slots? Do you want to know how cheap a Cat-5 cable is? http://www.amazon.com/s/ref... "but wait....i gotta buy the actual game.....bummer i had enough. i flew into a frenzy, got down on my knees and asked why and cried the night away on the carpet. the next day i bought a ps3, with no peripherals, i mean literally none." Mistake #3. You just said that you got down on your knees and cried because you couldn't afford a game. You couldn't afford a 65 dollar game on your 360 so you went and purchased a PS3? To top it off, you're broke and you're still focused on gaming? I see you have your priorities in order. This is very poor attempt at trolling. And to add insult to injury, it's a very long post.
you bought a playstation to save money lolololololololoololooloolool ooloolooooooolooool you know you can play 360 games offline too right?
i cant believe people fall into microsofts scams of xbox live. I have a old xbox 360, but i refuse to buy an overpriced wireless adapter just to connect to the internet, on top of that im not paying 40 dollars for a service and features i dont need or want. And no im not buying the new 360 just for wifi and other features my ps3 already has. PC and ps3 have dedicated servers and both r free. Thats what i call a good 'value'. Both offer features i want and i dont have to pay a cent for it
so what u saying that x360 doesn't dedicated server (what about FF11 and other games that used dedicated server?) You guys really make it sounds like PS3 is the only one that have dedicated server. Both have dedicated server and p2p. Sometime i really have to think if you guys ever used live or even own another console cause it seems you guys don't know anything beside PS3 (where is the credibility when you guys talk about something that you know nothing about?) I like Live because it is really smooth experience especially connecting with friends for playing game. It is just so easy and well connected. Care to give example of how you connect with friends on PSN? And if you can't afford $3 dollar per month, i don't know how you guys survive on the daily basis? PSN is great because you can't beat free online gaming right? Then there is no need to pay for PSN + (it still doesn't have that connection aspect of live). It is worth it if you buy a lot of stuff each month (but that is the catch, you have to buy more stuffs to make it worth it). What if i don't want to buy stuff and i just want to play game (which many of you seem to be going for anyways since the beginning of this pointless argument)?
@baodeus: No my point is: Why would i want to pay for a service which features dedicated servers when i can get it for free on the pc and ps3? Also many games on live dont support dedicated servers unlike the PC
"I have a old xbox 360, but i refuse to buy an overpriced wireless adapter just to connect to the internet" " Wow, Bubbles has the same problem. He can't connect to the internet without a wireless adapter, either. /s Here, sid4gamerfreak. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref... "on top of that im not paying 40 dollars for a service and features i dont need or want." Why did you get an Xbox 360 again? If you didn't want or need the 360s features, then why did you get one? I refuse to believe that people can be this dense. I am repressing the memory of your post.
You can say it should be free all you want. But creating and maintaining such a feature-rich service as Xbox LIVE requires a lot of time and money. The only reason Sony doesn't charge for the basic PSN is because they can't. Nobody would pay for it when there is a better service available. I'm happy paying the $40 a year considering the quality of the service and everything it does.
Sony wont be here 5 years from now! Apple, Google and Microsoft, belive me Sony is almost done!
your a total idiot you know that i can say that without any kind of hesitation a total IDIOT
In a capitalist society, absolutely nothing has to be free.
I'd rather pay for the sub and keep it with all the features, and not have it turn into a lackluster you-get-what-you-pay-for service like PSN.
guess what I'll never stop playing for Xbox live, it is so easy to find and play with friends. You can talk to them while playing different games and watching movies. If you like playing with friends then its Xbox live. If you prefer playing alone then go for the free playstation experience. It is obvious to me that most playstation fans have simply not experienced xbox live... MS did a briliant move by including a headset with every system (somthing fanboys always forget and never give credit for) this guarantees that you can talk to people while you play. Ms created a great environment were you can hook up with friends and easily play whatever you want. Also, i find it amazing how we get two or three new games per week. O and by the way, the only reason playstation is free is becasue they do not have a choice. If they charged nobody would use the inferior service. I do not mind paying 4 dollars a month for this, and kudos for MS for making a profit and keeping up the amazing service. The bottom line is that you get what you pay for, and free is not always better. peace
$ony. Wow - amazing, I can do that to.
haha, funny stuff. I always love people that do the M$. It's like they think Sony and Nintendo don't care about money. No, you're right, Sony & Nintendo care about you and not their bottom line.
hopefully some of that money goes to games
Nonsense, it goes into timed exclusives, exclusive deals with anything COD on it, and Kinectimals.
you know, I said "not timed exclusive stuff or kinect" but took it out right before I posted it, lol
That's pocket change for me. psshh/
it makes up for the RROD.
and this is why xbox live isnt free
Shock horror - company makes money off providing a premium service that's not free. O_o.
This is where all the profit for the 360 comes from. It's not making money from regular sales.
not really the article never said it was 1 billion in profits this is counting all movies, games, DLC pretty much everything and you do know microsoft does not keep all the money earned from all that
This is why MS is not the loser this generation...they have found ways to make money right from the onset. The PS3 is undoubtably currently the gamer's console, best features, free online play, reliable, varied games and best exclusives. Undoubtably the gamer's console. . .but dammit, it is NOT the business console and lets face it, the gaming industry is just that, an industry and primary goal of any member of industry is to make money. We all think Sony loves gamers and Sony takes care of us...this is only half the truth...Sony, like Ninty, like MS, loves our money. The features, the perks, the awesome games powered by TEH CELL, they are just ways of trying to get you to part with your cash. From a gamer's point of view, PS3 is the way. But from a business point of view, from a manufacturer's point of view, the console that generates 1 billion dollars from a feature that the competition offers for free, the console division that has been making profit for almost 3 years now, thats the console to back. I do not play sales, I play games...comforting words for the gamer, for Sony however, its a slap in the face when a game like Uncharted 2, critically acclaimed, sells less than a game thats pretty much a fleshy dlc of the halo series. Yikes...that was seriously long and slightly off topic
The 360 is a gamer's console. I really despise the way some of you speak your opinions as if they were facts. Most of the games I want to play are on the 360. The online service I prefer is Xbox Live. The controller I prefer is the 360's controller. The user interface I like best is the 360's interface. So how is the 360 not a gamer's console? I have no problem if you prefer the PS3, I myself like some of its games. What bothers me is the fact PS3 fans can't seem to distinguish between opinions and facts. You made some good points, but you fail to realize that the 360 is successful mostly because it does in fact appeal to gamers.
Facts are just majority opinions. If you agree that the majority of people on this site are PS3 fanboys, then you can kind of follow their logic and see why they believe their opinions are facts.
Haha, I can already see the PS3 fanboys coming in.. I'll continue to spend £40 a year simply because I believe their services have a lot to offer. Sure, I'd like it to be free, who doesn't want something free? But in my opinion, Xbox live is most certainly worth the money. Bash away PS3 fanboys..
That's exactly why I'm still paying for Live. The quality service and the fact that most of my friends are on it. Would I like it to be free? Hell yeah. But it's not, but I'll gladly continue to subscribe. It seems the only people worried about paying for Xbox Live are PS3 fanboys.
I gladly pay for XBL. Actually I pay for two accounts. The funny thing is I also own a PS3 and could opt to play for free. XBL is too good and well worth it for me. Multiplatform games perform better, look better, and the community is far superior. Easy decision for me. Still use my PS3 occasionally for that rare exclusive that interest me. That has not happened since GOWIII though. Doesnt look to happen again till Twisted Metal. Sure glad I was smart enough to buy both...oh, and a Wii ;-D Lame ass Fanboys who doubt I own both feel free to look me up. Same username as I use here. Friend me if you like...lol.
Fanboys who clearly have never stepped out of the ancient-PSN network have never actually used XBL before, so they think it's exactly like PSN's slow and cumbersome setup. I couldn't/can't believe how crap and barebones PSN is after you've used XBL. That's what fanboys don't understand - they see FREE Online play. And that's all that matters. Well Sony is only going to give you so much for free...
Don't forget that it is also free to play online with Nintendo Wii . Mario Kart Wii is the best multiplayer game on the Wii and it is has a free online :) Ms will not stop charging to play online on this gen but for the next they might have to think on some other way to gain extra cash because 3DS will have a free mmultiplayer online and I bet the PS4 & PSP2 will as well. I don't think that MS is smart to keep charging for LIVE but I DO KNOW that Sony is the "ball of the time " now bc they found other ways to gain as much cash as MS gains with LIVE but without having to charge players to pay to play online. /cought Home ,Qore, PSN+
I guarantee you that for the next iteration of consoles, Sony will charge 50 bucks a year (at least) for online play. The "free" period of PSN was to promote its service and to compete with XBL. Because the simple truth is, nothing is free.
Ps3 does charge the for PSN they just charge the developers instead. Thats why live gets so much more content because sony is assraping developers by charging them a fee by the MB. You have to pay sony a certain amount of money per MB of content placed on PSN and its pissed alot of developers off.
That's a Billion dollar with a B. To put it into context, it will take you 32 years to count to a billion uninterrupted. With that said. XBL is in no way a BILLION DOLLAR superior to PSN. What is MS's billion dollar superiority over PSN? It is not Xchat, invites, P2P, facebook, or the ads. With that much financial power you would expect XBL to undeniably smoke PSN by miles, but you can even argue it is the same service. If MS make exclusives with that kind of revenue. Let say $60 Mil average per game, then you would have 16 games per year. However we do not, not even half that many number of games. Maybe their costs of operations and profits/dividends ate up all the funding for making games. XBL is not a billion dollar superior to PSN. It should be by the way some people make it out to be as if PSN is dial up compared to T1 connection. I do not pay for live, not because of the price, but because of principle. Requiring to pay more just to use your own internet/game/Xbox to full extent is just a business model I do not support.
what? You really can't be serious with your "BILLION DOLLAR" argument.......oh gosh, please tell me you are not serious. Pleaaaaaaaase! Oh my gosh, you are serious?
Even fanboys have to "give it up"(applaud) for what has been accomplished by Microsoft.
Gamer2010 I think you misunderstood my stance. When all the chips are lined up, Sony's console has an edge over the competition. Blu-ray, bluetooth, free wifi, standard hdd, free online and the highest rated games. All I'm saying is there are more features from ps3 that I want in my x360 than there are features from my x360 that I would want to port into the ps3 Here's where you misunderstood me, even though I think the ps3 is currently the gamer's console, I still love my 360, I think she's the best piece of entertainment equipmet I own. Truth be told, my ultimate console would be a ps3 with x360 interface, x360 controller, xbox live, ps3 exclusives plus halo, fable, gears and mass effect...what I would remove from the ps3 entirely? The brand. The name! Why? Because with it comes the arrogant Sony heads and the equally arrogant and bordering on psychotic Sony Fanboy! If I were ever to get a ps3, I would keep it a secret so as to not be associated with the zealots that you find on this site...
"that I want". For the average to below average Joe that just wants to play causal games, the edge could simply be given to the 360 because of its lower price point. Don't believe me......look at how the ps2 continues to sell.
Well done Microsoft. It really is a great service.
Congratz to MS on XBL. I love the service they provide me and my friends by keeping us connected so I don't have to call each one of them to ask what thru are doing or where they got shoot at in a game. I love the free trial before I buy the game to see if a game is worth the buy. The cross-game chat,party chat, custom music, demo's for almost every game released,ect. There's just alot to love about XBL. I hope they keep improving on the service.
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