It has recently been revealed that Microsoft is widening its offer with retailers to allow customers to buy an Xbox 360 with a two-year service contract. The contract consists of users paying a reduced upfront cost for the 360, $99 and they must subscribe to two years of Xbox live service for $14.99 a month. While many people may be against the subscription based pricing model, it is done all the time in the phone industry. Most people don’t buy new iPhone until their contract is up. If people had to pay the upfront cost on their iPhone like they did with the PS3 at launch, than the iPhone might not be the runaway success it is today. I really think the subscription based pricing model could benefit Sony moving forward, in particular, with the launch of the PlayStation 4.
For game discounts and movie rentals, separate Gamefly and Netflix-like subscriptions - one more for music? - which could be combined for one-umbrella discount, but not internet services and game related features. At this point MS should back away from that for XBL since they're targeting non-gamers as they push their gaming/media system.
Or is that media/gaming system?
Let me refute this by saying "no, it shouldn't". It's a ridiculous idea when Microsoft do it and it's a ridiculous idea if Sony do it. Fact is, it's just another way to limit what you can do with the hardware, by tying you to it for x amount of time.
It shouldn't, and I hope it doesn't.
what happens if you dont pay? The console will stop working or something??