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The $49.99 standard for a one year Xbox Live subscription could double, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. During one of the industry analyst’s regular appearances on GameTrailer’s Bonus Round, he attributed Microsoft’s profit from the online service as the catalyst for an inevitable price hike."You can't hook a guy into Xbox Live Gold if he's playing on a PC," Pachter said, regarding Microsoft’s neglect for the PC gaming scene. "... that's the other problem -- you really want to hook every gamer who has a 360, you want them to buy all their games on 360, play everything multiplayer, pay you 50 bucks a year so that, in a couple years, it's a 100 bucks a year. And that's going up, we all know that ... it's a profit deal."With Microsoft being the only manufacturer to directly charge for full online features, one can’t help but wonder if a move would help or hurt the company in the long run.What do you think? Would you hesitate to resubscribe if the price jumped $50? Do you think Microsoft could get away with it?
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I really hope they don't do this. As it is, I can barely justify my current $50 investment. If the price is raised to $100, I may have to turn to the PS3 for my online gaming.
If they go to $100, I'm definitely unsubscribing. $50 a year is very nice, so if they were to double it, then that would definitely put a dent in the wallet. Sorry, but I can give up online gaming and demos for more cash in the pocket.
They better not. That's ridiculous. I will definitely be reluctant to buying it, I still will but I won't be happy about it. I know that it's just because they've been losing money lately.
Microsoft should offer another level of membership if they do this. Like separate the facebook last.fm and all the other extras that are not tied directly to multiplayer. I will not pay 100 dollars just for the privalage of playing other people online. But some people will pay it and that means microsoft will make more money. That is what Microsoft is all about -MAKING MONEY
i would not do it. i would most like switch to a ps3.
If the price jumped I really would consider stopping my subscription. Though Live is a nice network, it's not worth 100 bucks...
Wow. I don't really get into online play as much as I used to. After hearing this, I'm not going to miss it very much at all. At that point, I'll give up the Xbox and switch to PS3 from here on out.
if you do that im pretty sure your profit that you want will cut in half if you had to pay for the ps3 maybe but dont do it if you are smart
No way! Especially if the cross-game chat rumors from Sony are true. Microsoft already steals away a game per year from me so I can play online; $100 is out of the question.
im not paying $100
I'd sell my xbox
If that happens, looks like its offline and system link for me.
Micro$oft!!!!!!!!!!! YOU SUCK
Well, this will probably be the biggest reason why I don't take part in Xbox Live. I have been delaying getting on Live because online gaming is not the reason why I love the Xbox. I would get it to get demos and some downloadable content but I think I'm out if they raise the price.
I always laugh when I see analysts predict ridiculous stuff like this. I mean come on, do you really think that with the price drops of PS3 and Wii and other system's free online gaming, that Microsoft will raise the price of Live? It wouldn't surprise me if they lowered the price. So don't panic. If MS does decide to lose 3/4 of their customer base by doubling the price of Live, then we can make PS3 #1 again. Microsoft = the new Sega.
I really hope they don't. That's a huge increase. If it was $5, that'd be one thing. But, doubling the price is a pretty exuberant.
That's frakkin' ridiculous!
With ALL the flak MS gets about being the whole one of the 3 to actually CHARGE for online gaming.
This would be a potential suicide play.
I have both a PS3 and a 360 and I think XBOX live is already over priced. I don't have it because i do not play much online. $100 is just ridiculous.
I highly doubt they would do this. As the Matthew above me said, there would be a small percentage of gamers who would stand for this and continue to shell out the dough for their online subscription. I'm fine with it being 100, but with everyone else having their service, albeit sub-standard, free.. the have no justification of doubling theirs. This guy has made claims in the past and none of which I remember proving to be accurate. Business is business, however, there is still a fine line between making a profit and being loyal to the customers who keep you in business and I think Microsoft understands this and is trying to find a happy medium.