Here’s part of their email informing subscribers of the price increase:
“This holiday, Xbox LIVE is adding new Gold features, including ESPN and Video Kinect, with Hulu Plus coming on Xbox LIVE in 2011.”
“Besides launching the new features and titles, we will also be increasing the price of Gold membership on November 1, 2010.”
I already don’t use their crappy Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm implementations. I HATE ESPN, don’t have any plans to buy a Kinect, and won’t ever subscribe for Hulu Plus on top of Xbox Live and Netflix. Microsoft is bankrolling their stupid new features by forcing a price increase on every Xbox Live subscriber! Why not make all the jocks who actually care pay for ESPN instead?
The worst part is that we’ll just take it because of games like Halo Reach that are totally awesome online and aren’t available on any other platform…
I’ve gladly been paying for Xbox Live since it launched day 1 on the original Xbox, why not offer some sort of customer loyalty program?! But no, that’d be too pro-consumer.
This is the kind of dick move that will make people think twice about owning an Xbox now or in the future. If this kind of thing becomes a trend, I doubt I’ll be as loyal as I have in the past.