The price increase in the U.S. will equate to $10 extra per year, this means that gamers will be paying just 2.7 cents extra per day (roughly), which means the total cost per day has ‘rocketed’ to around 13.9 cents per day.
Obviously a price increase is not a good thing, however if you think about the services offered now, compared to a few years ago it is pretty justified, especially with the Kinect launch in November and more social networking integration coming soon.
I do think it’s great the the Xbox 360’s main competitor offers free online gaming, however in my opinion the introduction of PlayStation Plus is proof that Sony need some sort of income to help pay the server costs, I predict that in 2011 Sony’s PSN+ will become more of a necessity for PlayStation gamers, as DLC will become completely exclusive etc.
Over the last year or so I have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 more than any other game, there has not been one day where Xbox Live has been down, and there have been no major connectivity problems, also DLC has hit Xbox Live a month pefore it has arrive on the PlayStation Network, for these reasons alone I think that paying a subscription is well worth it.
It looks as if the Xbox 360 may also be the console of choice for Black Ops gamers, it has already been revealed that the Black Ops beta is an Xbox 360 exclusive, not only this but DLC will come to the Xbox 360 before the PS3.
Microsoft did not have to secure this exclusivity for their gamers, however they did, and no doubt paid a lot for it, I am confident that this price increase will go towards future deals with developers and publishers to make Xbox Live better and better.
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