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Microsoft Could Charge Monthly For a Web Browser Next Gen

Microsoft's Xbox Live service has many exciting features available for the Xbox 360. However some of the online features are limited and stripped down versions of a more superior online service.

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ComboBreaker3274d ago

Microsoft probably would.
Microsoft probably would...

awiseman3274d ago (Edited 3274d ago )

No, it would be integrated into the current Gold subscription.

Also he sounds like hes into sports, we should inform him that espn channel is free to all Xbox members.

gypsygib3274d ago

...who pay for a gold account and live in America.

Forbidden_Darkness3274d ago

Yeah, by then the subscription for XBL Gold would be $100, so they pretty much would be charging for it.

specialguest3273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

MS hikes up the Gold membership by $10(which already happened), and will somehow convince/manipulate users that MS is doing it out of generosity, while the user not realized that they've pretty much pre-paid for this feature through the price hike. Most users will rejoice and thank MS, and defend it to the extreme.

Jezuz3273d ago

hahahah. At least the money's going to charity right? right????!?

xxLuckyStrike3274d ago

I wouldnt doubt it one bit

jay23274d ago

You greedy........................ ..........................

People.

Sonyslave33274d ago

This guy sound like a sport fan which mean he probably go on espn.com they will tell you if u can get it or not.

Espn3 is free to all it not MS fault u don't have espn3

ActionBastard3274d ago

Then why offer it as part of the subscription you pay MS for?

jack who3274d ago (Edited 3274d ago )

"The ESPN feature for Xbox live is full of holes and deception. First off you must be a subscriber of an ESPN affiliated provider and be a gold member to have access to live ESPN broadcasts. This is something Microsoft has failed to mention. I am a subscriber of Qwest DSL Internet service which is not affiliated with ESPN and have no access to live games thru my Xbox live service gold account. I simply have access to 1-2 minute clips of random ESPN news."

this has nothing to do with Microsoft its ESPN and your ISP doing

http://espn.go.com/espn3/af...

Biggest3273d ago

If his ISP provided access, could he watch ESPN3 on his Xbox 360 without purchasing a gold membership? That has nothing to do with ESPN or his ISP.

gamingdroid3273d ago

Duh!

Seriously, can you get free games on PSN Plus if you don't have PSN+ subscription? Can you get premium cable TV if you don't have a subscription? Can you get internet service without a subscription to the ISP?

If you don't like the fee or the business model, don't use it. It's really simple, but for some reason we got legions of people in here complaining about the fee while about 15 million people renew their Xbox Live Gold subscription!!!

Biggest3273d ago

You're not sticking to the points being made. Above me you can see jack who saying that it's ESPN and ISP fault that people can't see ESPN on their 360. That isn't true.

But to address your "points":
I need to pay for internet access. I need to pay for premium cable. I pay for them. I can use my internet access and premium cable on my PC without any extra charges. I can use my internet access on my PS3 with no extra charges. I can use my internet access on my smartphone with no extra charges. I can use my internet access on my iPod Touch with no extra charges. I can use my internet access on my PSP with no extra charges. I do not like the Xbox Live business model. I do not use it. It's awesome that millions of people pay to use things they already paid for. It sucks that most of the pay because they have to pay if they want to play their online games online. It's funny that people defend it as if everyone paying for it makes it okay. It just makes it popular and stupid.

radphil3273d ago

@gamingdroid

Millions of people in the world smoke. Should we follow along to those that don't? :p

gamingdroid3273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

I can use my PC and get free games, but I can't on PS3, Wii or Xbox 360.

My point being, I can point out free alternatives, but that doesn't change the fact that that is what MS offers. If you have an issue with it, don't use their platform.

"I can use my internet access on my smartphone with no extra charges. I can use my internet access on my iPod Touch with no extra charges. I can use my internet access on my PSP with no extra charges. I do not like the Xbox Live business model. I do not use it."

You can use your internet service free of charge on the Xbox 360. You can download demos, music, stream movies or whatever. You just can't access online play (or other services that MS makes available to you) that requires Xbox 360 servers to matchmake. It is a free service elsewhere and if that is a criteria you can and probably have gone there.

If you want ESPN3 access and it is free on your computer then go there! Why sit here and b!tch and moan in every Xbox 360 article to the people that are turning the deaf ear.

However, I suspect the next generation of console from the big three will require a subscription cost....

@radphil:

No, but I don't b!tch and moan about what others do. It's their choice, not mine to make for them!

That is a big problem with this world is everyone has an opinion, and they think everyone else should follow theirs!

By the way, I do have family members that smoke and died because of lung cancer. That was their choice. I don't blame the cigarette companies.

radphil3273d ago (Edited 3273d ago )

@gamingdroid

The thing is, while it's there choice, we should make it at least known to them that they don't HAVE to settle for it.

I at least managed to get one of my family members off from smoking. That doesn't mean it's guaranteed to work for everyone else, but at least the effort is there.

gamingdroid3272d ago

"The thing is, while it's there choice, we should make it at least known to them that they don't HAVE to settle for it."

Fair enough, I just don't need the same bunch of people telling me repeatedly on a site for hardcore gamers. I'm pretty sure the vast majority if not all knows there are alternatives.

Point is, we got it, but we still see value and don't mind paying. Although I technically do mind paying, but feel that I do get enough value to pay $30-35/annually.

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