Free Xbox Live?
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:16 PM
I believe that it should be free if all you wanted to do was play online, but charge for special map downloads and other content.
Is this already happening or is it just a good thought?
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:23 PM
EDIT: Live isn't REQUIRED in the traditional sense. It's simply mandatory that the games devs make are Live "Aware". I think this means that games will update stats on the servers if there is a connection.
Edited by whet1134, 29 April 2005 - 05:35 PM.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:25 PM
As when companys even get my application they start to slip into the red, I have no chance of getting one, so if Live where a requirement they either need to find other ways of paying for it, or lose customers like myself.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:31 PM
how will it be any more dependent than the current console?
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:32 PM
Not as I said in the UK.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:32 PM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:36 PM
I am not bitching abut having to pay it, I would gladly pay it.
i cant though, MS wont let me as I dont have a credit card, and my debit card that i use everywhere both online and offline they dont accept.
So as I said, they will have to find some other way of paying for it, or lose customers (I know 3 people who love xbox but have no cc of the top of my head)
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:41 PM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:45 PM
And its not some small bodge it and legit Debit Card, MS in the UK only take visa / Mastercard and american express.
Hopefully it will change in the future, if they intend to make every next gen xbox on live out of the box, they will have to change it to accept bank debit cards etc...
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:48 PM
Shows you how much attention I am paying today
Posted 29 April 2005 - 05:51 PM
I would even by a started kit every year (£40) , I wouldnt want live for premium content, I would only use it to play the odd game online (I am not a big gamer anyways)
It used to annoy me, but I got over it after arguing with a "Xbox Live Customer service Rep" for 30 minutes ove rthe phone,since then I have decided I can live without live
Posted 29 April 2005 - 06:38 PM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 06:51 PM
So for the 5 or 6 months I've had Live I've probably played about 7 or 8 hours total on it and really didn't get much more out of it than I would playing solo or with a couple of friends over... I finally got around to Cracking open Rally Sport Challenge (I got it with my Mt Dew Xbox last summer but never played it until now ) I really like solo so far but my cable internet got knocked out earlier this week (some excavators digging a foundation for an addition to my house). Maybe Forza will offer some good Live action but I'm not holding my breath.
So far the most I've got out of it is some extra content for a few games like Rally Sport Challenge and Splinter Cell. Both of which if I just waited a little longer I could have got from OXM.
So when it comes down to it I hope basic live on X360 is free. I don't play it enough to warrant the price, not to mention if it's $50 a year + micro-transaction fees for added content then it definitely wont be worth it for that...
If I could see international rankings, send messages to friends and play a few racing and fighting games for free that would be great. Then I could only pay for the content I wanted or subscription fees for the more involved games...
I bet MS will be taking a % of every micro transaction fee and with that they could easily afford to give live for free...
Looking at the stats it would seem that only about 10% of all Xbox owners are actually on live... Considering most people who have broadband have wireless (too lazy to wire ) If you plug your Xbox in and power it up... you're on live already... Fancy that, if it's free you just have to select a gamer-tag and you're good to go
Posted 29 April 2005 - 07:02 PM
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