In: Articles by Nick "Alsop Live" Dinicola30 Aug 2010
That’s when Microsoft’s Major Nelson
It’s not all bad, however. Effective immediately, a year’s subscription has been discounted to $39.99. So if you renew your subscription now, before the price change goes into effect, you won’t have to worry about the increase until 2011. If you’ve already renewed, say in the middle of August like myself, then it seems you’re out of luck. Even though renewing a second time should make me good through 2012, my “renewal date” status still says 2011.
It’s an odd decision by Microsoft, especially since Sony has been steadily increasing the value of the Playstation Network. You can play online, watch Netflix, and even connect to Facebook for free through PSN — all of which are features that Microsoft uses to justify Live’s price. To stack things even higher against Microsoft, to play online you must buy an online-enabled game, to watch Netflix you must already have a subscription with that service, and to watch the forthcoming content from ESPN you must have a subscription with an ESPN3–affiliated broadband provider. So with LIVE, you’re really just paying for special access to content you’re already paying for.
With all that said, however, PSN still doesn’t offer cross-game chat — something that seems downright medieval to anyone who has spent time in an eight-person Xbox Live party. And Nintendo is still in the stone age when it come to online gaming.
But no one really cares about technicalities.
The increase probably wouldn’t have been met with so much hate if it came alongside an announcement of some new features, but we already know about ESPN, and the
As icing on this bizarre cake, Nintendo
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