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Does Xbox Live deserve the criticism it gets in the forums?

Yes Xbox Live is a rip off
No Xbox Live is the best online service on consoles
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So even though this current generation of consoles is dieing Xbox Live certainly isn't.  In fact in their Earnings Report today it was confirmed that Live memberships were up by 18% and added 6 million new members in a year.

Now Ive seen many on this and other forums bashing Live and saying it has nothing on Playstation Plus but subscriptions and userbase certainly say otherwise.

So whats your opinion? Is the hate Live gets from some people unjustified?



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I'd be happy to get XBL Gold for free and I'd be happy to gas my car for free. I could ride my bike for free if I really didn't want to pay for gas. Sometimes the price of entry is just that, the price you pay to get what you want. Maybe someday everything we all want will be free, but I'm not going to hold me breath. Halo keeps me coming back for more.

Most of these are free. Isn't Live in Windows 8 now, too? 6m more users in a quarter with 1.3m shipments is strange to say the least.

Edit: And when MS leaves you no choice but to subscribe to play online the numbers are not really comparable to a PS Plus subscription, where you're just getting something extra on top instead of something vital to most games these days



Compare those numbers to PSN, not PS+.

That does tell us though that there are 39 million Live profiles.

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kain_kusanagi said:
I'd be happy to get XBL Gold for free and I'd be happy to gas my car for free. I could ride my bike for free if I really didn't want to pay for gas. Sometimes the price of entry is just that, the price you pay to get what you want. Maybe someday everything we all want will be free, but I'm not going to hold me breath. Halo keeps me coming back for more.


The difference between XBL and other services is not a car to a bike.



Before the PS3 everyone was nice to me :(

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I thought it was in a year

it didnt add it in the last quarter, it added them in the fiscal year. MS announced that xbox live users topped 40 million by January 2012. yes 2012. so either nobody singed up for xbox live for the last 11 months of 2012 and suddenly 6 million singed up for it in the last 3 months. or ... OR the 6 million singed up for it in the last 12 months. which one seems more reasonable to you?

source for the xbox live numbers : http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-brief/60687-xbox-live-users-topple-40-million

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bananaking21 said:
it didnt add it in the last quarter, it added them in the fiscal year. MS announced that xbox live users topped 40 million by January 2012. yes 2012. so either nobody singed up for xbox live for the last 11 months of 2012 and suddenly 6 million singed up for it in the last 3 months. or ... OR the 6 million singed up for it in the last 12 months. which one seems more reasonable to you?

source for the xbox live numbers : http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-brief/60687-xbox-live-users-topple-40-million

How does 6m equal 18% of 40m? o.O Weren't they up by 18%?



bananaking21 said:
it didnt add it in the last quarter, it added them in the fiscal year. MS announced that xbox live users topped 40 million by January 2012. yes 2012. so either nobody singed up for xbox live for the last 11 months of 2012 and suddenly 6 million singed up for it in the last 3 months. or ... OR the 6 million singed up for it in the last 12 months. which one seems more reasonable to you?

source for the xbox live numbers : http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-brief/60687-xbox-live-users-topple-40-million


My mistake and OP updated

I was reading the earnings thread amd several people said 6 million was for the quarter.



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pezus said:
bananaking21 said:
it didnt add it in the last quarter, it added them in the fiscal year. MS announced that xbox live users topped 40 million by January 2012. yes 2012. so either nobody singed up for xbox live for the last 11 months of 2012 and suddenly 6 million singed up for it in the last 3 months. or ... OR the 6 million singed up for it in the last 12 months. which one seems more reasonable to you?

source for the xbox live numbers : http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-brief/60687-xbox-live-users-topple-40-million

How does 6m equal 18% of 40m? o.O Weren't they up by 18%?


i dont know the exact numbers. but i remember last year they were at the 40M mark so i searched this and i found it right away. 



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