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Xbox Live: Possible price increase, new contents warrants it

To some it was Microsoft who stole the show at E3, as the likes of Nintendo and Sony did not deliver this year round. OK, we know that the former offered us details on the Wii U, but because they spent more time talking about their new controller instead of the console itself, they lost a few brownie points. Sony was always going to struggle, due to the fact of the recent PSN outage. However, it was Microsoft who seemed to shine through, but now there is a worry that the Xbox Live price could be about to increase, and looking at all the new content up for offer it could warrant it.

OK, do not get too angry over this, but most of Xbox users have always been happy to pay for the online gaming service, and like all things there has to be a price increase. Whenever your cell phone company offers you more on your service plan you never get that for nothing, so why should Xbox Live be any different?

We already know that Microsoft is to give Xbox Live a makeover, making things much easier so that you do not have to search around for to long in the menu system. YouTube and Bing are also going to be added to the service, as will as being able to watch Live TV — that in itself is a cool feature to have.

Now some of you believe that it is about time that Microsoft gave you these services and they should be free, but new things always come at a price. None of us want to pay any extra, but we all know that nothing in life come for free — well maybe just the air that we breath. The current price is $60 a year for the Xbox Live service, but this could see an increase of an extra $40 at least according to GamerLive.

Brett Juchniewicz has raised a good point here, one that might have some merit. He believes that Microsoft could keep the same level of service that we currently have for those who wish to pay the same $60 each year. However, those who are happy with the new content can opt to pay the extra fee. We in no way want to pay the extra, so do not think for one moment that we are trying to be negative; but we know that something has to give and we know that it will not be Microsoft.

Do you think that there should be an Xbox Live price increase?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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