If you haven’t heard the news, Microsoft has raised the prices of its Xbox Live Gold accounts for the first time in almost 8 years and while the new prices aren’t too expensive, the new price hike has lots of 360 fans begging the following questions.
Why are we even paying for online gaming?
For years, Xbox 360 fans have been paying $50 a year – or more – to enjoy the features and cool online gameplay of the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Gold membership, but now that the prices have been raised an additional $10 a year, Xbox 360 fans are waking up and asking “why are we even paying for online gaming?”
Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 fans pay nothing more than their home internet bills every month to enjoy online gaming and Microsoft is currently the only next-gen system to charge its fans for online gaming. In addition to the Xbox Live Gold fees, 360 fans are also charged for in-game downloaded content, avatar gear, and games on the Xbox Marketplace. Why is it that Xbox 360 fans have to pay to use their internet connection over Xbox Live?
What new content will the price hike bring about?
In addition to wondering why we have to pay for XBL at all, lots of 360 fans are wondering what new content is so important that Microsoft has taken it upon themselves to change their pricing model for the first time in 8 years? Microsoft has added lots of new features to Xbox Live and has completely changed the face of Xbox Live over the last 8 years and has done so – so far – without digging any further down its fan’s pockets than it has since Xbox Live was launched in 2002; so what’s so epic about the new features that are coming out that Microsoft needs to charge more for XBL?
So far the new Xbox Live features that have been announced are sorta meh. Xbox has confirmed that the new Xbox Live pricing model will go towards Xbox Kinect support and new Xbox Live features including ESPN, Hulu Plus, Foxtel, Windows Phone 7 integration, and NBC, Fox, and ABC channel support.
What direction is the Xbox 360 heading in?
After paying a set price for over 8 years and having that price swept from under their feet, loyal Xbox fans are starting to question, just how greedy Microsoft has become with their Xbox 360 gaming console. The price of the Xbox Live Gold membership has risen, but it’s not the only price hike that Microsoft will be forcing on its fans. During the year 2010, Microsoft has raised the price of its Xbox 360 consoles by introducing the Xbox 360S – and discontinuing the original Xbox 360, added the Xbox Kinect to the fray, hiked up the prices of Xbox Live, and is even planning to add a more expensive wireless Xbox 360 controller into the mix.
For more, read The 3 Worst Ways Xbox Live Has Screwed Over Its Fans in the Last 8 Years , Why 2010 was the Best Year Ever to Be an Xbox Fan , and Halo: Reach Pirates Will Be Hunted Down by Microsoft and Banned from Xbox Live
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