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Xbox 360 Owners Get Major Upgrades: But For What Price?

Winter is here, but the cooler months are heating up for Xbox 360 owners. Changes have been made to the Xbox website, dashboard, subscriptions, and gaming itself.

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Hades13373274d ago

This price hike only brings it in line with what other countries are paying. In any case, various website charge less for a 12 month subscription than Microsoft does anyway.

Troll_Police3274d ago

That^^^

That right there is why MS will always charge for online play and other features that are free EVERYWHERE ELSE.

GamingGamer3274d ago

but it is not as worth 60 bucks for me especially when gaming servers are exactly the same as PS3's.

and PS3 exclusive games have more dedicated server than Xbox exclusives...

JasonPC360PS3Wii3274d ago

Cross game chat along is worth it, you know what I mean? oh wait you don't

PRHB HYBRiiD3274d ago

to be honest the thing that makes me pay for xbl is the chat sound quality, party chat, and music while playing .... if ps3 had those things (that are not such a big deal but i really loved them) i would play online in ps3 and never go back to xbox

NecrumSlavery3274d ago

This is Bullcrap. And mainly for the reason that Ms with Kinect, has every intention to get the family on Live. That is $60 per account of 3-6 family memebers average.

That is a system, plus Kinect, plus controllers, plus $180-$360(More than the damn system) just to play online. On top of Netflix, Sky, ESPN, Hulu fees.

OneSneakyMofo3274d ago

This year: $60 ain't so bad.

Next year : $70 ain't so bad.
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etc.

Exactly why I didn't buy a new Xbox 360 when my old one died. I know better than to be suckered out of money especially when PC, PS3, and Wii do it for free.

IHateYouFanboys3274d ago

@NecrumSlavery: actually microsoft offer family Live Gold deals where you get 2 adult + 2 children memberships for LESS than the price of 2 regular gold memberships.

its a great deal.

Bathyj3274d ago

XBL is AU$100 in Australia. About half the price of Kinect.

Thats US$98.83 is case you're interested.

AndrewRyan3274d ago

I pay for xbox live so I can talk to friends when gaming, even if we are not playing the same game. Also, $5.00 a month is not a big deal, I spend $5.00 a day on lunch, if I don't buy lunch one day I have xbox live for the month. I really don't mind. It's people's preference, and my preference is talking to friends.

mrcash3274d ago

in all fairness, MS was charging for many features before they were available on other consoles and then other consoles followed suit. I don't think MS should have to change what they have been doing, and I'm not saying that you said that, but if people are fine with spending money on live then so be it, its not my money.

HolyOrangeCows3274d ago

Continuing to have the "privilege" to pay for cross/party chat (The only feature that vaguely improves the actual GAMING experience) + $10 more, per year.

militant073274d ago

really?

in Qatar (middle east) its 230 QR
about 63$

Chris3993274d ago

but what's all this about PSN not having cross-game chat? I've had plenty of chats with friends in different games - both voice and text. Or is this not universal? Or supported by all games? And I don't mean exchanging messages, I mean using the "Start a New Chat" option. Isn't this X-game chat?

As opposed to the disagree fairy, if someone could answer this, that would be great.

RedDragan3273d ago

My PS3 and PC does this online stuff for free. That is why my 360 never goes online.

Shepherd 2143273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

some people might not think that talking to their friends is a big deal, but i do. Every time i bring it up i get bashed with "whod wanna talk while they play games anyways?" comments. But of course thats only on N4G.

Anyone who says that they dont want cross game chat is not being realistic. Every night, and i mean every single night that i sign into XBL, there are friends who want to talk to me about their day, work, etc. and none of us would want to sign out of our respective game just to do that.

Just last night i was relaxing and playing Halo Reach while talking to a friend and co-worker who was playing Fallout New Vegas about a disagreement that i had with the manager at work. We would have had to both sign out of our games and basically do nothing while while we talk, which would get annoying. Id hate to not have cross-game chat.

Its a great feature, especially when XBL and cross game chat is the only way to keep in touch with some people.

Raoh3273d ago

for those complaining about or using xchat as a argument point..

ms patented the method.. so its hard to find a workaround ..

it makes it difficult for a company to want to do it, not worthy of charging..

it would be free on xbl if people werent so willing to pay

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uNDIsBUted3274d ago

and doesn't remove them. And that my console won't brick of freeze games because of this update. Advantages of a software company I guess

Lyr1c3274d ago

Broken things are already bricked.

Just saying.

dragon823274d ago (Edited 3274d ago )

Sony has not removed one thing from the PS3 that the average gamer gives two shits about. The only people who like to complain about it are people who have nothing better to do than cry about stuff on the internet.

Edit: Since launch day I have had 0 issues with FW updates.

DelbertGrady3274d ago

"Since launch day I have had 0 issues with FW updates."

That's cause they don't do anything.

Mr Vengeance3273d ago

The advantage of owning a console designed and built by a company that makes hardware. Software can be improved, shit hardware is shit hardware.

King-Leonidas3273d ago

wow... you just reached a new low in trollin...

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gman_moose3273d ago

"Oh thank you MS, can I have more please?"

lol... MS just keeps ramming it in harder, and xbox owners just keep taking it with a smile on their face.

Some nice changes, but upgrades shouldn't cost extra. The price should be dropping for this service FIVE years into the console's life cycle. They've made their billions on it. But no, they just get greedier, and the fans are A-ok with it.

Unbelievable.

k-Lan3273d ago

Geeezzz. It's almost as if other people paying for XBL has an impact on your gaming experiance. Don't worry, you'll be $60 richer at the end of the year. Go buy a nice shirt or something. lmao!

N4g_null3273d ago

Ok Jason your telling me you would pay $60-70 a year to have voice chat?

What if the psphone let you have this along with music? You could get calls under your psn user name and it could link to your ps3 via Bluetooth along with a heat set or aux stereo mic/speaker kit?

You could also get phone calls on a pay as you go plan. If you use too many minutes you month subcription would get used up.

The psphone would kill the zune, iPhone, and cross game chat with one device yet you could save a lot of money.

The online structure would still be free with this setup yet the psn pay version is directly connected to this phone which could be easily used on the next console.

Fadetoblack693273d ago

Thats funny because on my PC I cross chat with everyone no matter what game we're playing through free programs like vent & mumble ;)

frostypants3273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

These "improvements" mostly suck. The Netflix "search" option is a Netflix improvement, not a Live improvement. And every other console already has it.

Know what I want improved in Live? Get rid of the f*cking advertising. Stop trying to sell me on Kinect every time I turn on my 360. Basically, take all of the NON-system/gaming related crap and hide it in a corner somewhere...if it's not related to MY games and MY system, get it out of MY main menu. Because right now Live's interface looks like a corporate marketing drone took a sh*t all over it. I mean, I'm PAYING for the service, so why am I still subjected to this?

Oh, and the cutesy Wii-inspired stuff is embarrassing. Don't treat me like a 5 year old while you're force-feeding me corporate bullsh*t.

This is why I tend to back my PS3 more than my 360 in these discussions. At least Sony pretends to respect their customers.

ImmortalLegend3273d ago

Then I wouldn't pay for it. Simple. If it bothers you that much get a PS3.

CadDad3273d ago

@Shepherd 214

I'd rarely use it, if ever at all, and for the exact reasons you listed. I don't want to be playing a game and hearing stories of co-workers or anyone else. When I play a multi-player game that requires chat, I want to talk about the game. When I play a single player game I don't want to chat about anything with anyone.

I can't see the draw of chatting it up constantly, it's a distraction to something that I use to take me away from having to chat it up all the time.

/no thanks

I'm fine with you liking it and to each their own, but I'm also perfectly realistic in my reasoning. :)

-CadDad

EvilBlackCat3273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

excuse me but... you ps3 fanatics should be happy that xbox live is charging their customers and psn not

i mean you guys hate xboxlive and everything xbox and of course their users.

instead of been here bashing live why not get out of everything xbox360 in n4g and enjoy everething ps3?

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jack who3274d ago

WHAT NOOOOO WAY AM I GONA PAY 10$ 10$ MORE THATS ABOUT 10 THINGS OFF THE 1$ MENU I CAN GET FOR THIS

Browser based Avatar editor: Edit your avatar and preview avatar items before purchase

Combined views for messages, friend and game requests

Improved notification of your account subscription

Leverage Family Reports to understand what your family is doing and how they are using LIVE

Play web games with your Xbox LIVE friends on the web or on Windows Phone 7

Marketplace: More powerful search and more intuitive ways to browse and filter Improved forum layout

Improved voice quality -- the audio codec is being updated to improve Xbox LIVE Party chat audio quality

big sports event, watch a movie or do all three.

Improved experience for changing your Gamertag

Streamlined in-dashboard virtual keyboard

Improved Xbox LIVE Marketplace UI and browse experience

Avatar changes -- we've made your Avatars slightly more proportional so you can better play Kinect games

Easier to get on a wireless network

Ability to sign-out other controllers in the sign-in UI

New browse experience for 100% completed games

/S

Godmars2903274d ago

I honestly can't tell if you're trying to be doubly sarcastic, or defending the price hike by rattling out a list of things they should be doing regardless. Like making the service easier/more accessible, especially for soccer mom gamers.

PRHB HYBRiiD3274d ago

basically things looks different but they are the same!they should let at least silver members play the games online even if they cant talk with other people

ReservoirDog3163274d ago

Haha, I think some people take the non-game side of video games too seriously.

Games = art. Game systems = who cares.

awesomeperson3273d ago

Now, tell me which of those you are really looking forward to and expecting to use REGULARLY. What things will you really notice much.

frostypants3273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

Ooooh neat I can actually SEE the ridiculous crap I'm buying for my avatar before I pay for it now?

Who actually buys this stuff, anyway? How sad must one be to buy fake clothes for something no one ever really looks at? Same goes for Home on the PS3.

J_Cob3272d ago

When I use to have my 360, I use to get pissed having to turn off my Xbox to reset the controller to position one. That's after playing with a fighting stick and forgetting to unplug it. That should have been added a long time ago.

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lostinplace3274d ago

Pretty interesting update. looking forward to getting it tommorrow. Where is my unlimited friends list though!

Beahmscream3274d ago

I just hate it because my internet provider won't get ESPN3 so the xbox won't either :(

jack who3274d ago

i know right :( but we still get espn...good thing am jupmin over too fios soon

feelintheflow3274d ago

It is sad that Disney, parent company of espn, doesn't offer the option for me as a individual to pay for espn3 if my isp won't get it. I would pay, hell I pay for nba league pass broadband already. I just want a choice.

xxxAnubisxxx3274d ago

I guess you get what you pay for. If it's worth the cost increase, I'm all for it.