This has been able to do since shortly after the 360 launched. You need Gold membership to use Microsoft services. The didn't change that. The free online play isn't supported by Microsoft.
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I paid 10 bucks for 3 months and before that I paid 2 bucks for 2 months. If thats too much for you to pay for a better online service then you need a new hobby. Discounted Live is always available. Thats why I always laugh at these but you have to pay for Live comments mostly coming from those who have never used it. lol
Like what? By using XBC? That's a little disingenuous, FEAR.
While technically true in the strictest sense, this is by itself a completely different category of online gaming. It was kind of worth it back during the original Xbox with Halo 2, and was fun.
You're gonna have to elaborate a bit.
If that is your argument then there's not a whole lot of reason to own a console now is there? Mine as well pony up for a low tier PC that can play most of the games at the same visual quality, be small enough to be portable and still be flexible enough to all other kinds of workloads.
I also wonder how well this would work with all the games that require you to do redeem an online pass. Can those be redeemed on the Xbox without an XBL subscription?
And if the PC software is only a faux LAN model, then you're in bigger trouble. Many titles don't support LAN's out of the box, so there isn't much to work with in that regard. Or they have paired down features (like the first string of COD titles).
It's not an argument... people wanna play online for free, there's the option. If you want the features and services on the Xbox 360, then you'll need to pay for those services you don't get free anywhere else in the console market.
If you just want to play online, the way the console was meant to be played online, you have to pay. PSN lets me play online for free and for alot of gamers who don't really need all the other crap, this is just fine.
I get messenging, I get a friends list, I can play online, I get achievements\trophies (this isn't even important to me personally). I don't pay a cent. STEAM is all this, more, and a bag of chips of course.
So saying "Well, can always just do XBC and play for free!11" is just a little bit touched in the head.
"Well if you want to play with other people online, you can always do LAN parties! Even though every other competitor out there offers online for free (Wii, STEAM\PC, PSN), we're not going to. BUT YOU STILL HAVE THE OPTION OF USING A THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE TO SIMULATE A "LAN" TO PLAY ONLINE MAYBE IF THERE IS A POPULATION FOR YOUR TITLE + IT HAS LAN FEATURES OUT OF THE BOX!"
Either play only for free without the features, or pay for them. Simple.
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08-28-2012 #35With PSN Plus though, Sony takes it a step farther. Members of the Plus service get all sorts of discounts on games (generally more games than Gold members as well), but they also get to download free games each month.
Also, if you have noticed my avatar you might see i'm an inFAMOUS fan, and the sequel isn't available here so the ability to legally download the sequel of my favorite game for free is amazing .
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