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Why Xbox Live Is Worth The Price – 360 Games and Extras

As you have probably heard, the price of Xbox Live Gold Memberships are going up, a lot of people were annoyed with the increase, however I must admit it does not bother me in the slightest.

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.

Do you think the price increase is justified? Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments section below.

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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joe
joe

Live is better handsdown. I've had numerous problems on PSN such as they balls up every time there is an update, slow downloads and so called dedicated servers going offline. Thought about upgrading to PS+ but realised its only a content discount service, majority of stuff I wouldn't buy anyway. I admit there are less screaming 12 years old but thats because headsets are not standard with PSN. So a lot of folk on PSN can't chat. Upgraded to XBL Gold with my new Xbox and the difference is huge. Worth the subscription, I'm about to switch over from monthly… Read more »

CraigB
CraigB

had ps3 since launch just got xbox monday (so currently have one month free gold), live is better laid out, lots of lovely bells and whistles extra but when it comes to what counts live only has 2 features psn doesnt and one is already in development (cross game chat) and the other no word yet (party system), and the most important thing of all which is what the experience is like once you are in a server and playing a game. they are identical and I think there may even be a split second lag in live I havent… Read more »

Kirk
Kirk

the price of xbox live is 10$ more per year so i sell all my xbox games and console at a depreciated amount thats maybe 25% of what i paid originally so i paid a thousand for my games, console, and everything with it and get 250$ back……. wow people really are u that stupid with a 10$ increase on xbox live microsoft will make near a hundred million from the ten million currently on with that money they can make xbox live better by adding more things such as the recent netflix addition as well as facebook and they… Read more »

Neville
Neville

Just to let you know, there won't be a public beta for either console, so I don't know where you got that info from.

PS3 HATER
PS3 HATER

You are all stupid so they jump up the price by 10 dollars so you go and sell your xboxs
have fun waiting 5 years for your stupid ps3 games to download onto the consle so you can play it.

MATTY
MATTY

THERE IS NO BETA ITS FAKE

Adam
Adam

If Microsoft wants to increase its Live price for better profits and people still buy it because its worth it then WHAT IS ALL THE COMPLAINING AND BUSINESS BASHING ABOUT?! Its simple economics. If Microsoft came out and said, "ok people! All of our games are now priced at $200! HAHA!" I bet their entertainment portion of the business would go byebye quickly because the demand would not be there for that price! So a business will price it at the edge of demand so that they make profit and are successful. WHAT IS WRONG WITH BEING SUCCESSFUL? if you… Read more »

Adam1983
Adam1983

While having to pay more is not fun at all I can understand a price increase with all the additions they have made in the past few years. I just think its laughable to see people write the word Microsoft as Micro$oft or whatever they do with the $ sign. Like they are greedy money grabbers. Give me a break guys. This is what is wrong with our society. We all believe what we hear on our TV sets that all big corporations are just big greedy money grabbers! There is such a thing as, supply & demand, guys. If… Read more »

GordonShumway
GordonShumway

"also DLC has hit Xbox Live a month pefore it has arrive on the PlayStation Network" …but surely you realise that when Microsoft use part of your Xbox Live subscription to pay for "exclusivity" with games publishers, you don't actually get the DLC earlier, you just pay for the PS3 DLC to be delayed. As a multiconsole owner it kinda sucks to me knowing that my overpriced subscription to one console is paying to delay content on the other, leaving me with less choice. If I only owned a PS3 I'd be even more annoyed… but, what the hell, it's… Read more »

gamer
gamer

Just cancled mine too. gonna sell my xbox with all games and controllers to buy a PS3.
This is stupid as if they werent making enough already. Good luck to all people willing to pay extra. Even if it is just 2.7 cents extra per day doesn't make it any better cause its still more you have to pay. Better quit now before they start charging to even mention the words Xbox Live!

chinchy 133
chinchy 133

just cancelled mine. In the UK its only the monthly subscription thats gone up in price which is unfair. dont like the thought of contracts so i also just canceld the preorder of special edition halo xbox and ordered a ps3. 😀

Nameofperson
Nameofperson

Read article. Couldn't really find the "why xbox live is worth the price" part of it, though.
You say that you play a MW2 which performs as expected, that Kinect is coming out, and that Black Ops is going to be an exclusive. Great, OK, but I'm still looking for the "why xbox live is worth the price" part. I still can't find it.

Blackshirt
Blackshirt

Fanboy article!

SpawnstaR
SpawnstaR

I love these fanboy explainations of why Micro$haft is the be all and end all, Yawn nothing to see here , move along

Kev
Kev

No I don't.See i own both a ps3 and xbox 360 and do you know I have a PC WHERE I DONT HAVE TO PAY TO PLAY ONLINE.End of comment.

zs450
zs450

I think it's justified, I don't like it but I can understand why they're doing it. I'm still going to find discounted subscription cards as I have the past couple of years. There were big Black Friday deals around the web last time and I ended up getting the year for $25.

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