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    All 81 features that are locked behind Gold Membership wall

    http://gaminrealm.com/2013/08/22/xbo...box-live-gold/

    After my original article regarding why Skype should be free on the Xbox One, I got to thinking about the other features. I wondered exactly how many features were locked behind Xbox Live Gold. After some research, I discovered that the Xbox360 & Xbox One collectively have 81 features that you will not be able to use without an Xbox Live Gold Subscription. Many of these features cost Microsoft NOTHING to operate, since many of them either run on the Xbox platform itself and/or the Xbox connects to a third party server and/or service. It doesn’t make sense why Microsoft insists to keep these features behind a pay wall. Online gaming for example, when you play Gears of War 3, your Xbox360 connects to EPIC’s servers (and through there it would connect to another Xbox360 hosting the match). Why are you paying Microsoft for that? Even with Microsoft’s own games, the Gold subscription doesn’t offer any kind of perks for online gaming. The only one being…that you’re actually allowed to game online. Did Microsoft invest any of that Gold Subscription money to dedicated servers on the Xbox360? Nope. How many Halo games on Xbox360 had dedicated servers? I think you see my point.

    And what about those other features, like Netflix, Amazon Instant video, and others that have nothing to do with Microsoft? Why should you have to pay Microsoft just so that your Xbox console can connect to Netflix’s servers? I just feel that Microsoft’s main goal with their platforms has shifted to selling Xbox Live GOLD features, rather than the consoles themselves. Just think, how much functionality would you get out of the Xbox360 without Gold? And on the Xbox One, it’s even worse! Without Gold on the Xbox One, you pretty much have a useless piece of hardware. Why should the platform be so RELIANT on a yearly subscription in order to keep some form of basic functionality? It’s simple, that’s how Microsoft intended it to be. The more features they throw behind Xbox Live Gold, the more insurance they have that people will pay it. Below you’ll see a list I’ve compiled of Xbox Live Gold features on Xbox360 and Xbox One:

    Online Multiplayer
    Party Chat
    Video Chat
    Matchmaking
    SkyDrive/ Unlimited Cloud Storage
    Skype
    SmartMatch (improved version of matchmaking)
    Game DVR – You have to pay Microsoft, so you can record footage of YOUR games & store it on the hard drive?
    One Guide
    Games With Gold – This is valid until Xbox One releases.
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    AOL On
    AT&T Uverse
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    BLIP.TV
    C|Net
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    Comedy Central: Stand-Up
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    Manga Entertainment
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    MSN with MSNBC
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    NBA Game Time
    NBC News
    Neon Alley
    NETFLIX
    NFL
    NHL Game Center
    Nick
    OneBeat
    Paramount Movies
    Pizza Hut – Yup, you need a Gold Subscription to order pizza. PREMIUM SERVICE.
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    Sports Picks
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    UFC On Xbox Live – You need a Gold subscription…to use ***Pay per View*** for UFC? You have to pay…to pay.
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    Xbox Music – Requires Xbox Music Pass, which is $100 A YEAR, but also requires GOLD to use on Xbox360? What?
    Xbox Tournaments
    Xfinity
    Youtube

    That’s quite a lot of features that you will have no access to, unless you pay for Xbox Live Gold. And lets not forget that the PS4 & other platforms have the very same features FOR FREE! I don’t think its fair for Microsoft to advertise Xbox One’s new features (Game DVR, Skype, and etc), as if they’re ready and waiting on the device; when in fact they’re Xbox Live GOLD features. That’s why we saw a ton of gaming websites express their disdain after finally discovering that the features everyone was talking about (Game DVR, Skype, OneGuide, etc), were actually behind Xbox Live Gold. The only impression I get from seeing such a huge list of paywall features, is that the Xbox platform was designed to sell a yearly subscription. For consumers, it doesn’t add value; but, from a business standpoint, it is GENIUS.
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    He couldve just said streaming services instead of naming them all one by one just to get up to 81

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gantz View Post
    He couldve just said streaming services instead of naming them all one by one just to get up to 81

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    Yeah, blatent tactic to get get a big number. Also, surely online multiplayer and smart match would fall under the same banner.

    And though having to pay to use the streaming features isn't grand, they are very well implemented with the 360 instead of (stuff like bbc iplayer and other tv channels' on demand) just a link to the website through the browser like on ps3. I really hope sony will do 'apps' like what the 360 has now for ps4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gantz View Post
    He couldve just said streaming services instead of naming them all one by one just to get up to 81

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    True but still he makes a good point, MS throwing most features behind Gold paywall pretty much forces their users to purchase the subscription, Sony might be doing that now but at least they're not blocking every single feature.


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    Not this again...lol The most important thing on that to me is multi-layer. If you think that's bad you don't wanna see what's locked behind the cable tv wall.

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    holy crap MS, don't bother throwing gamers a bone here and there. LOL youch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    Not this again...lol The most important thing on that to me is multi-layer. If you think that's bad you don't wanna see what's locked behind the cable tv wall.
    Gaming box =/= cable box

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungMullah88 View Post
    Gaming box =/= cable box

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    Goodness. It makes it sound a lot worse than it is.




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    Putting free things behind a pay wall is not going to make people pony up for a gold account just to use those things. Instead they will just continue to use them for free on their TV or media streamers and etc.

    Its a way of falsely giving extra value to a gold account.

    "Look what you get with gold status" <insert big list of 81 things>
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    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    Putting free things behind a pay wall is not going to make people pony up for a gold account just to use those things. Instead they will just continue to use them for free on their TV or media streamers and etc.

    Its a way of falsely giving extra value to a gold account.

    "Look what you get with gold status" <insert big list of 81 things>
    Even worse it gives Sony an opportunity to take a shot at them (again) and say "Look at the features that we have that you don't have to pay to use on the PS4 that the 'other guy' wants to charge you for!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by VayMasters86 View Post
    Even worse it gives Sony an opportunity to take a shot at them (again) and say "Look at the features that we have that you don't have to pay to use on the PS4 that the 'other guy' wants to charge you for!"
    People are buying the console mostly for the games and paying gold for multi-player. It obviously isn't bothering members that much because gold subscriptions continue to increase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    People are buying the console mostly for the games and paying gold for multi-player. It obviously isn't bothering members that much because gold subscriptions continue to increase.
    I already know two people personally and one other person who has switched to PS4 since they don't play games online but want those features. Every little bit counts, you stick your nose out don't cry foul when your opponent takes a shot at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VayMasters86 View Post
    I already know two people personally and one other person who has switched to PS4 since they don't play games online but want those features. Every little bit counts, you stick your nose out don't cry foul when your opponent takes a shot at it.
    yea, I know people like that too. It goes both ways though. I know some who have dropped both for PC gaming. The main reason people buy consoles are for the games, and services like xbox live. IF MS lose a large chunk of gamers it won't be because some things are behind a paywall.

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    Very sad that MS that has to do this

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    Funny thing is, Microsoft hasn't announced all gold features for Xbox One. We are still waiting to hear the details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pez_555 View Post
    Won't stop me from going gold....
    sure it won't. Because it is forcing lol. Your xbo is 361 without gold, nothing more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingo View Post
    sure it won't. Because it is forcing lol. Your xbo is 361 without gold, nothing more.
    It's worth it to him though and that's what matters.

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    I won't use 75 of those features. lol




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    By '81 features', you just mean '81 apps'. 'Features' is a misnomer here.

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    Sensational headline is sensational!

    But yeah, this is just another bone MS is tossing to Sony.
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