Microsoft Increasing Xbox Live Subcription Pricing November 1st- Will Consumers Follow?

Whether consumers will continue to see value in Microsoft's service remains to be seen, but the truth is that Xbox Live is no longer the 'only' way to play most of today's most popular titles online in the console realm. Whatever advantages the service once held have largely been erased by competitive pricing and increased value from its rivals, and its going to become increasingly difficult for them to justify packing what is fast becoming essentially a collection of services that can be found elsewhere - for free.

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Iceland2848d ago ShowReplies(5)
Kain812848d ago

i dont know why...but this reminds me of an old game from Psygonisis "Lemmings" ^_^

0mega42848d ago

but instead of them raising the price they should have instead made multiplayer free

as you've already purchased the game and usually half of it is multiplayer

and if you wanted all those extra features that is the reason for the price hike you could get them if you wanted them

microsoft is a greedy company they've always abused there xbox consumers
with wireless adapters
hard drives
console fail rate
battery packs

Trebius2848d ago

Bubbles, very clever ;)

On Topic: I wouldn't mind paying for it as long as I had the OPTION. When you dont have the OPTION to play online for free (like you do on EVERY other system) then there's something wrong.

The choice for current Xbox360 owners is,

"Do I want to pay MORE for my online gaming? Or do I not want to play AT ALL?"

Of course theyre going to choose the latter, otherwise they'd be unable to play Reach and Black Ops which are just around the corner.

M$ is very smart in the way they dig into your pockets ... I'm glad I dont game on Live.

DaTruth2848d ago (Edited 2848d ago )

Notice how they do it in September, knowing Reach and COD are just around the corner and their customers are gonna be thinking about this when they choose.

Why not January or June? Just like the console banning 2 weeks before MW2, MS sees you like the starving Looney Tune sees a cooked chicken in place of their friend, except you are a giant money bag!

Edit: If MS had a decent bone in their body they would only charge this to new subscribers and not to long time good customers, like most tenant law in the developed world does. It's not like you can return your online portion of games!

badz1492848d ago

right before the release of MW2 and this year is XBL price hike right before Reach? M$ sure is the best when it comes to how to keep sheeps paying while throwing sh1t at them!!

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Mista T2848d ago ShowReplies(8)
Philoctetes2848d ago Show
8-bit2848d ago

With Halo Reach right around the corner the answer is a definite yes.. MS knows this too

Blaze9292848d ago

I got a job and it's a $60 per year expense....'YEAR'

Plus it's not like I have much of a choice until PSN gets up to par. I hate that service's current condition with a passion and going from LIVE to that will be like smartphone to dumbphone

fooltheman2848d ago you compare something you must pay for... with something that's free..

Well Free is always better...
(escpecially when in functions well)

Bell Boy2848d ago (Edited 2848d ago )

They should slap another $20 or $30

Hear that MS this sucker thinks it's a great deal get some more added on you are under charging

There is a sucker born every minute and appears they all bought 360 and defend here on n4g till there last breath.

News for you folks this is bad for gamers in general...MS appear to being this just in time to cash in on the likes of Halo and Sony and Nintendo will watch then consider what they may get away with in the future.

But sure go ahead defend charging for playing the games you bought online, o wait you can even tell your friends about the hike while you play different games...pmsl

Neko_Mega2848d ago

wow, this is a person that knows nothing about the psn.

Psn has been a lot been then what it was in 2006, heck if it was, it couldn't run mag, demon's souls or ff14.

Just because you pay for something, doesn't make it any better.

SilentNegotiator2848d ago

LOL, Microsoft should definitely charge more. People will pay for and justify anything.

Cause it's JUST per year, right? Just 0.00000465 cents per second, right?!

"I hate that service's current condition with a passion"
Free and with several more dedicated servers?

Trebius2848d ago

You're obviously misinformed ...

The PSN service is definitely up to par, people just live in the past.

The only defense you have is X-game chat. If it's THAT important to you, then pay for the service, by all means.

But what you dont understand is that people are arguing the fact that M$ is not giving any CHOICES.

You either PAY, or you DONT PLAY.

It's people like you that let M$ make decisions like this on a whim and make boatloads of cash.

You remember a few months ago when they released the information about how much they've made off of subscribers? And how it's a monumental success?

Well, if it's such a success and they're making so much money, why do they need to charge more??

Oh I know why, (and so do they) cause they know people will pay it to continue gaming online.

bjornbear2848d ago (Edited 2848d ago )

thats exactly what MS is expecting their consumers to say.

"its ok, its only 10 more bucks a year, it won't bother me"

remember the example of the frog in the pot of boiling water?

throw the frog into boiling water and he'll react in pain
( smacking consumers with a 60 buck price point from the start : insane)

throw the frog into room temp water and slowly increase the temperature to boiling point, the frog will die without reacting.

as far as you're concerned, if MS increased 1 buck a month you wouldn't mind until you realized you were being ripped off (by then, you will have been ripped off well before your realisation)

this just proves: MS marketing department outsmarted you.


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ThanatosDMC2848d ago

Apparently, cross game chat is worth it. /s

morganfell2848d ago

Aren't these Live hike supporters the same ones attacking an optional PS+?

Anon19742848d ago (Edited 2848d ago )

Morganfell hit that one right on the nose.

Edit: Hey, look below a few posts. niceguywii60 is using fake VGChartz data instead of the official data from each company to try to make a point about how much the PS3 is losing? What a guy!

Just a quick question for ya, Vgchartz boy. According to the official numbers, the PS3 has outsold the 360 by 1.6 million consoles in the first half of 2010 alone while the 360 suffered 4 back to back quarters of year over year declines just before their last quarter. At it's height, the 360 had over an 8 million console lead over the PS3, now it's down to 3.3 million. How about you try using real data, not VGChartz's best guess when arguing? Oh, what's that? Because then your point is shot all full of holes? Pity about that....

CaptainPunch2848d ago

This is the truth, a $10 increase doesn't seem a lot but it will add up.

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sikbeta2848d ago

Well, they have no option, is either Pay or lose on-line gaming + features...

SilentNegotiator2848d ago

Exactly why I've always been reluctant to support it. Once you stop paying, you lose the second half of most of your games (And with a lot of xbox exclusives, more like 95% of your game).

avengers19782848d ago

The question is are the going to give you more stuff.

I pay for PSN+, but then again It has already given me more in free stuff than the 50 dollar year sub, that I paid for. I know some people say it's only renting the game, but really if i don't plan on letting my subscribtion end ever then I'll have them forever.

AtatakaiSamurai2847d ago

and people will still pay for this?! but why? why would people support this? this is crazy!

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Millionaire2848d ago

Of course they do. They don't have a choice after all.

sikbeta2848d ago (Edited 2848d ago )

True, they'd not pay but at the same time lose on-line gaming, making games like COD aka the best seller games, useless, since the "strong" point of this kind of games is the on-line MP and such and SP is short and it's not worth the $60 price-tag...

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STGuy10402848d ago

A price increase, eh? It sounds like Microsoft is hurting a little and needs to charge more. This is just a friendly observation that will probably get flamed to death. LOL

Omega42848d ago

Obviously, but its strange how europe doesn't get a price hike, or asia.

Hallmark Moment2848d ago (Edited 2848d ago )

EUR and ASIA are possibly not getting all the features the regions with the price increase will be getting. We'll have to wait until MSFT releases the full list of upgrades around the update launch like every year. These articles are getting stupid the 360 fanbase spends millions on games and content so whats with these quasi doom articles?

LOL @#4 really? been reading the news lately or at all?

CimmerianDrake2848d ago

They're trying to gain more consumers in those territories, where the PS3 is killing them. Increasing the price there will just continue to kill their base there. Only in North America will this price hike remain largely uncontested.

niceguywii602848d ago (Edited 2848d ago )

Not getting killed as much as you think.

Worldwide Hardware
Console Weekly (change) Total
DS 264,781 (-7%) 133,351,126
X360 185,542 (-8%) 42,468,435
Wii 143,758 (-8%) 73,479,723
PS3 142,698 (-4%) 37,111,119
PSP 74,664 (-12%) 59,609,561
PS2 30,873 (-5%) 136,786,052

Yeah Yeah Yeah NPD factors into it shown by these numbers from the July NPD Meaning NA helps the 360 win WorldWide

360: 444K, down 9K (-2%)
DS: 398K, down 113K (-22%)
Wii: 254K, down 169K (-40%)
PS3: 215K, down 90K (-30%)
PSP: 84K, down 37K (-31%)



Stop your crying I was showing the World Wide Numbers and showing the reason before a fanboy could use what I posted as an excuse

"Obviously you can't read."


Comprehend much?

CimmerianDrake2848d ago

You offer up total WW numbers (in which the 360 is obviously ahead since it's been out longer), as well as factor in NA numbers (which is NOT the territory we were discussing) and choose to include numbers from the 360 S as some kind of proof that the PS3 is losing to the 360? I bet you got your numbers from VGChartz too.

It's a known fact that in Europe (excluding the U.K.) and Asia, overall the PS3 is killing the 360 in sales. Way to isolate one month as a prop to your lame argument, while padding the numbers using NA figures and total console life sales.


fooltheman2848d ago

You're using vgchartz...
that ends your fidelity...

The Maxx2848d ago

What are you using to counter his numbers?

fooltheman2848d ago

I just say that those numbers have no fidelity...
I sincerely must say that there aren't any numbers who covers the facts...

Look at what they did with starcraft 2...

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scofios2848d ago

Because the know NA will pay even if xbl cost 150$ , and europe and asia wont .

GodHandDee2848d ago

they thought the more devoted fans like you are in the usa? Myth or fact? I dunno

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