Pachter: Xbox Live Gold Will Get More Expensive

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Uhhh. And I thought they were going to remove the fee completely like on wii and ps3.

Better buy those one year cards now!

OMG things getting more expensive as inflation grows!!! Thats a completly new and radical outlook!!!

It's like Microsoft is saying,
"We are tired of making consoles. Buy a PS3."

If Microsoft could get away with it then they would. There are few companies who are so happy to make you pay through the nose for everything they can think of

While I doubt Microsoft would increase the cost of XBL gold to $100 (though I do expect, like others, a platinum at this cost) I would not be surprised if they increase the cost by 20-30% over the next couple of years and they wouldn't lose a significant number of subscribers.

The first reason is they would do it so slowly you'd hardly notice and bombard people with PR along the lines of "Its never increase while costs and inflation have so we're now increasing to bring it into line with the rest of the economy"

The second reason is because the majority of people who have XBL Gold (if not all of them) have it to play online and to continue that, they would stomach a price increase. Remember, the majority of console gamers have just one console so quitting the Xbox to go over and play another console with a free service is unlikely.

CantFaketheFunk:

RobCoxxy:
I think Microsoft would make a fuckton more money if they instead dropped XBLG subscription to a tenner, or made it free a lŠ PSN.

As XBL already costs the same as a new game, it puts off many players. £100 for 12 months of play would probably kill off any gamers intent on subscribing.

Bad move, drop the price.

I don't know that it does. Gold was estimated at ~20 million subscribers last I checked, which is the majority of people who own a 360. So it seems to me that people are fine with paying <$5 a month. If that doubled, though? I'm not sure.

God I hope they triple it.

I want to prove to people that you can charge suckers any amount of money and they'll take it.

Now that isn't to say everyone on XBOX live is a sucker, that would be a dumbass thing to say, but I'm certain a large portion of the community would buy a mediocre game for 60 bucks, 80 bucks, or even 100 bucks. They'd also likely pay 100 bucks a year just for multiplayer when the features aren't changed (I'm sure it would happen). The amount of people lost would likely not put Microsoft under budget.

Mr_spamamam:
If Microsoft could get away with it then they would. There are few companies who are so happy to make you pay through the nose for everything they can think of

Yeah I can see how their systems being half as expensive as Macs is trying to get me to pay through the nose.

Plus their music service giving me a CD and access to a massive collection of music every month for the cost of a CD (and recently not even taking away my old stuff after my subscription ended) is them trying to get me to pay through the nose.

Lord knows that free antivirus I got from them specifically with Windows 7 (which I ended up getting for half as much as I've ever paid for a Windows OS and I could have gotten for free by taking one quiz at work) was them trying to get me to pay through the nose.

Likewise the dozens of programs I've gotten for free for either being in college or being a technician.

In fact other than XboX Live and their wireless adapter I can think of nothing off the top of my head currently where they are fucking me any hard than any of their competitors. Keeping in mind I no longer use live nor do I own the adapter, so I'd say they are doing fine.

Though I have heard horror stories of them charging schools for each copy of certain things at full price, but then again I never saw any evidence or news articles to back up those stories.

buy teh haloz:
Fuck that. That would just be the latest in a case of MS fucking over consumers. (Because seriously, what else have they done ever since they were founded?)

Oh dear, you really have no clue.

As much as the fevered Linux and Mac Users would like you to believe, the world is better for Microsoft products on your PC. Buy a Mac? Pay through the nose. Use Linux, well, user friendliness isn't top in the design scale.

Without Windows and Office, well, the world would be a horrid place.

theultimateend:

Yeah I can see how their systems being half as expensive as Macs is trying to get me to pay through the nose.

Microsoft don't make computers, so they don't have any impact on the price of those computers. Only operating systems.

And you can get OSX 10.6 full version for £25, whereas Windows 7 costs £70 or so retail.

I couldn't care less if the price of XBL gold goes up. I won't pay extra to game.

I doubt I am alone on this.

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