Hey Axe-Head Army.  It's me, Amrit, and I wanted to re-evaluate Xbox Live and ask you guys whether or not you think it's still worth the price.  I've seen some recent youtube videos, one of which is from a pretty big youtuber named "Boogie2988."  This video is of him acting as a character named Francis, and he rants about how Xbox Live is not worth the money and that Microsoft shouldn't be charging consumers to play online or to enjoy many of the other services.  The video can be found here.  It's a hilarious video, but it's true.  

Next-gen is almost upon us so I think its time for this the argument of PSN versus XBL to come up again.  Personally, I can't justify having to pay to play online.  Having a PS3 for so long and being able to play online for free, I can't see myself going back and having to pay for online play.  I have an Xbox, and had been solely an Xbox player for almost 3 years (from 2005-2008) until I got my PS3 in 2008.  I used to pay for Xbox Live and thought it was worth it then because back then, there was a noticeable difference between Xbox Live and PSN.  But now, I don't see that big a difference (or any at all), and definitely not a big enough difference to justify having to pay.  

PS Plus is giving its members free games, and they are no longer terrible games.  Our friends in European territories are getting Okami HD, and there's Sleeping Dogs, Infamous, and a whole bunch of other games.  

Yes, the game is this beautiful  Go out and buy it.  Oh wait, it's going to be available for FREE in EU.

With Xbox Live, and according to this link, you're paying to: 

  • Enjoy unlimited online multiplayer with friends wherever they are.
  • Download and play free game demos.
  • Enjoy exclusive member deals and previews.
  • Catch up on movies and TV with Netflix, Rogers Anyplace TV and Disney XD.
  • Watch sports with NHL GameCenter, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time and UFC.
  • Listen to personalized music with Xbox Music.
  • Download arcade and full Xbox 360 games.
  • Use your phone or tablet as a second screen for an enhanced game and 
  • entertainment experience.
  • Explore the web on your TV with Internet Explorer for Xbox.
  • Access your cloud game saves wherever you are.
  • Use your voice to easily find games, music, movies and TV shows with Kinect.

I'm sorry, but isn't this archaic by now?  Every other console other than the Xbox offers playing online for free.  Every device known to man can stream Netflix, and you don't need to pay to access it.  There is just so much wrong with that list it just boggles my mind.  

Anyways, I wanted to know what the EBA community thinks about Xbox Live.  Is it still worth it knowing what other companies are offering?  Do you think it should be free?  Do you think people should stop paying for it? (because I don't see how MS would stop on their own)  I would love to hear some opinions on this. 

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Comment by Izzy Ortiz on March 26, 2013 at 4:02pm

I really don't think they will go for it. First, because it was implemented since the beginning of their Live service and second because it makes them a lot of money (at least in the US). But, I do believe that they should change it to be free. There are a lot of ads on the dashboard anyways(Doesn't that pays for xbox live?). But ultimately, I doubt it, they are a very greedy company. that's why I'm sticking with PS3 and PC.

P.s.

I didn't know you needed live to download a game I'm sorry bro. 

Comment by Amrit Randay on March 26, 2013 at 4:15pm

@Izzy No, I was able to download the game you gave me though.  I think it means from the Xbox Live Marketplace, but I am not sure.  I'm playing Gears right now, haha.

Comment by Amrit Randay on March 26, 2013 at 4:40pm

But to bring it back to how XBL should be free, like I said, I don't see MS themselves making it free.  It's up to the gamers to stop paying for it. 

Comment by Old_School_Gamer on March 26, 2013 at 5:09pm
If I do plan to play a game online then it's PS3 for me because I aint paying to play online. I think the one exception was Gears of War Co-Op due to exclusivity. The main reason that I am a now Plus subscriber is that it's cheap, I get free games and good discounts.
Comment by Josh Schrier on March 26, 2013 at 5:50pm

I think it's worth it for me now, but that's almost solely because all my friends play 360. I do think it was more viable back in the day when PSN was terrible, but nowadays the services are very comparable.(although I would put xbox live ahead of PSN in terms of download speeds)

Anyway you can buy games with a free account, there's no way microsoft would block you from spending money.

Lastly there is one feature that xbox has that PSN doesn't that for me is a necesity. That feature is party chat. Still next gen I'm sure both platforms will be so comparable that xbox might be forced to make live free. Though there are rumors that PSN might get a fee next gen, which would of course leave xbox in the position to keep charging.

Comment by Fredrik Pedersen on March 26, 2013 at 6:25pm

I'm just very grateful that I can just keep on playing free on PSN. And, if I really wanna try a MP for, say, Gears - I'll just use one of my 48hr codes that I got from Kristian at the GameStop.

Comment by Jadedrakerider on March 26, 2013 at 11:02pm

Great post man.

Here's where I get frustrated: I pay XBox LIVE to play multiplayer games and take advantage of other services (most of which are crap). Yet if I buy a used game, I might have to pay an additional ten bucks for an online pass. Why is my XBox LIVE money not going to maintain multiplayer servers? I thought that was the point?!

Which is why I don't play many multiplayer games. I dabbled in Modern Warfare 3, I play multiplayer on my first hand copy of Mass Effect. I didn't even touch Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and I couldn't try Battlefield 3 by borrowing my buddy's copy. So screw it.

Hence: I'm jumping ship. Next console generation, I may eventually buy a WiiU, but I'll be playing most of my games on PC instead.

Comment by Amrit Randay on March 26, 2013 at 11:25pm

@Jadedrakerider See, I didn't even think about the whole buy a used game, and then having to buy a online pass in order to be able to play it online, and then having to pay for LIVE to play it on Xbox.  I'm with you on jumping to the PC instead.  It seems like they never have to deal with any of this crap.  

I just feel like no one should have to pay to play online.  The game you bought has multiplayer in it, so you should be able to access that feature without having to pay an additonal fee from MS.  I think it's time for most Xbox gamers to realize that they shouldn't have to pay for stuff like this.  Even though MS has been doing this since the beginning, it doesn't mean its right.  Times have changed and the competitors are offering some really great stuff to gamers...

Comment by Docwoor on March 27, 2013 at 12:55am

Xbox Live was one of the factors why I bought a PS3 over a 360. I don't play consoles regularly so I'm not paying for a service I don't know if and when I will be using. And even if I were using regularly I would have gone with the free service of sony.

I have the same problem with MMOs on pc, a subscription to anything in general is just a huge no go for me.

As for PSN, with all the free games it's really hard not to subscribe. :)

Comment by Resident Emo on March 27, 2013 at 5:35am

Xbox Live Gold is a primary factor on why I play on PS3 over 360. If people stopped paying for XBLG, Microsoft would stop charging them. It happened on Windows, no reason it wouldn't happen on Xbox as well. However, realistically, everyone will continue to pay, so absolutely nothing will change.

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