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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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Most recently I've bought a PS3 and I've been buying every game that comes out on both platforms for that. Sony PSN is free to play on, why would Microsoft want to and screw something like that up. They're most likely going to start losing customers due to price cuts for the other systems, not to mention that raising the cost will cause other users to move over.
This is not a smart move for Microsoft as far as gaining new clients. In retention, I think they will keep most of their current users. The users on XBL are devoted hardcore gamers that love their console and their online play, so I would guess that they wouldn't give it up anyways, it's like crack to them.
Microsoft could get away with it, but they shouldn't. I can honestly tell you I would hate shelling out $100 but I would give in and do it. I keep in touch and play with friends who moved far away. Not to mention multiplayer seems to be the main market in games now. If they did raise it they better make it worth all that much more. People already hate paying $50 a year, though I'm fine with that.
These Annalist are completely wrong by far. the same people said 3.00 would have Cross Game Chat and Mass Effect 2 would go multiplatform and Gears 3 will go Multiplatform each one of the Idea's were Wrong by far.
not only that I pay about $40 a year now and Before a couple years back i Payed $50 the Price seemed to go down.
Also Under Law Microsoft CAN'T potentially rise the Price. They would Get sued. Plus the real Rumor here should be is Sony going to make the Consumers pay, after all Sony is losing money for Every console they sell.No one is buying the PSp go so Sony is losing money there as well. and losing money in other areas as well.
Wow reading the comments pretty much if M$ does this, it seems a lot of people will be jumping to the PS3. Wow xbox live is getting facebook and such, which PSN already does? I don't see xbox live really improving as much as the PSN and they charge 50 dollars for it already and plan to change that too 100 would be bad since the PSN is free.
I really don't see microsoft able to do this, this would be stupid.
I think it's pretty ridiculous that they have it spammed with ads and yet still charge us the same price.
I don't even pay the $50, I game online for free on the PS3.
This "analyst" is retarded. Nobody believe him for a second, MS would never do this.
thank god PSN is free, or else I could never afford both :(
I would definitely stop playing the xbox, and switch to ps3.
They better not raise the price...
I would really try to get all my online friends to invest in a ps3 if microsoft raises the xbox live rate. This seems extremely selfish and greedy of them although I'm not surprised. I believe microsoft should correct all their issues with the rrod. When I think of all the money I've spent on multiple 360s trying to counter the rrod, I get angry. Now this... whatever... I'm disappointed.
That will be ridiculous, I'd feel like I'm paying WoW monthly money now. I thought WoW was ridiculous just for an online game, but just to play games online against people and pay 100 dollars a year, screw that.
dont do this microsoft if this happens then im screwed and wont be able to play l4d live
I don't even like the current price. It was a major reason I got a PS3 over the 360. I can justify the extra money paid initially for the PS3 by looking at how much I'll save by NOT doing Xbox Live. I don't see the raise happening.
I wouldn't trust a man with colonel sanders looming in the background.
However, I'm curious to what a previous poster said about legal issues preventing MS from raising the price. I'm also curious to if this would happen, would they specify a date. It'd be nice, because then people could maybe stack up on $50 cards.
Of course, being a business, they'll most likely render that option obsolete.
If they do this im getting a ps3 probably
I don't think I would pay $100 for something I can get for free on the pc or PSN. The sad thing is I love xbox live, but that is way too much.
They can kiss my hard drive if it come to $100. or up some monthly MS points to suscribers, 500 points per month if it comes to $100 would be a good trade of maybe. otherwise bad mojo.
I would hate for that to happen, but i would pay the extra fifty dollars because it is only a once a year pay. Besides xbox live is the only online worth paying for.
if they do this the PS3 will quickly become number 1 of the big three, and Wii might become number 2!
I havent gotten it yet because its $50....ill probably never get it if it goes to $100...i think hardcore multiplayers will get it if it goes up but semi casual gamers who got it just to have it wont get it when their subscription goes up...