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Old 07-01-2013, 10:57
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I'm trying to decide whether to renew my xbox live gold this year or not.

With a new console impending at the end of the year (and hoping they don't charge you on the new one...) and the fact that I don't play games online generally (and I only want to get Bioshock and GTA this year so no new multiplayer ones) I can't see the point.

Am I right in saying that as a silver member you can download demos / arcade demos fine ?
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:19
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I'm trying to decide whether to renew my xbox live gold this year or not.

With a new console impending at the end of the year (and hoping they don't charge you on the new one...) and the fact that I don't play games online generally (and I only want to get Bioshock and GTA this year so no new multiplayer ones) I can't see the point.

Am I right in saying that as a silver member you can download demos / arcade demos fine ?
Yes you can BUT some demo's are only available to Gold subscribers first. It's not as if you can't have fun gaming offline but for me, online is where it's at. You can still purchase XBLA and On Demand games and DLC so your'e not gonna miss out.
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Old 07-01-2013, 21:12
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If your not going to play online they Gold isn't worth it, If you do play a lot of games online then I'd say it probably is worth getting.


The problem however comes for people like me, Don't play online on console's much but on occasion may feel like jumping into an online game, However the cost of the Gold sub's isn't worth it for how little I'd be making use of it.

My last Gold sub ended about a year ago & over the 12 months I'd had it I had maybe only played online for around 4hrs if that. There have been times since when I've wanted to play one of my 360 games online but Im not willing to go out & spend cash on something I'd use as little as I would.
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Old 07-01-2013, 21:18
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Don't forget that you also need Gold for pretty much every app other than iPlayer, if that sort of thing is important to you.
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Old 07-01-2013, 22:26
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I didn't renew my gold once it expired in August last year. The only reason I kind of regretted not doing it, thought it doesn't justify the price of doing it alone in my opinion, was because of the the apps that were being added. But as I have a smart TV, some of them were built into it, so I was somewhat covered.

Word of advice, if you want to play online and you have a bunch of games from the last few years lurking about, just keep redeeming the 48 hour codes given free with some of them. That way if you or friends want go online and play Halo or similar but you don't have a sub, it covers you.

So to sum my long winded point, if you've got a similar habit to me in not playing online very much (or perhaps even at all for long periods of time), it's not worth paying the price in my opinion.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:47
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To me 10p a day for Xbox live is not a large amount to be paying. 1 night out in the pub with friends would cost double the yearly sub. (but then again that's just me)
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:19
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Im in the same boat, my gold has ran out and the free months trial thing has stopped working for me (got two months out of it though so cant complain)

I dont play online as much as I used to but I have a Netflix account and a couple of others that I need gold for too, which is annoying. I'm waiting for MS to make me an offer I cant refuse
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:19
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When you look at your account / avatar it shows you above your head how many years you have been a member of xbox live - do you lose this record if you don't renew gold? (does anyone know)
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:32
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I'm in a funny situation ... I love my XBox360 better then my PS3 but think playstationplus is better value then xboxlive ... If Microsoft give us free games & 2GB cloud storage then that'll do me.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:42
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To me 10p a day for Xbox live is not a large amount to be paying. 1 night out in the pub with friends would cost double the yearly sub. (but then again that's just me)
Am I right in thinking that's going on the basis you play online most nights throughout a year then? If that's the case, then yeah it's good value for you.


I'm in a funny situation ... I love my XBox360 better then my PS3 but think playstationplus is better value then xboxlive ... If Microsoft give us free games & 2GB cloud storage then that'll do me.
Completely agree. While I love to be optimistic about things, I can't see Microsoft doing that. If millions of people worldwide are still paying for Gold on the current format they won't see a need for change.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:48
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When you look at your account / avatar it shows you above your head how many years you have been a member of xbox live - do you lose this record if you don't renew gold? (does anyone know)
I know it doesn't become affected if you go silver for a while. Not sure if it would continue on counting though if you remained silver.

I've just been buying a month at a time when I know I am going on it. Same with the 48 hr codes for weekends. Just can't bring myself to buy a years sub at the moment. Although, am starting to become bothered by looking up the monthly subs so thinking I may as well just buy the year and forget about it!

Someone posting previously brought up an interesting point. I wonder will the new console charge for usage. Or maybe charge for certain aspects, since it isn't just a "gaming" console anymore.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:58
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I pay my sub every year although I never really get any use from it, apart from the apps. I hope Microsoft offer better value for the next XBOX, if the new console is fully backwards compatible they could offer free 360 games to Gold account users, imagine the incentive to buy the new XBOX if they did that not to mention all the extra Gold subs they'd be raking in.

XBL could be really good if they just weren't so... greedy.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:21
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In the same boat as most people on this thread. My sub runs out in march and in the last 12 months I've played online about 10 times. As me and my friends are getting older the chance we get to play online together is less and less. So paying for 12 months on the off chance me and my friends are online at the same time seems unlikely. Much rather they were a option to pay for 1 day sub for 1 cos I would only spend a tenner a year, but Microsoft wouldn't want that.

I've been a gold subscriber for 7 years and never in the past had a problem paying for gold because I used to play online a lot even against random people so if you play online alot then it is worth paying because its less then paying for a night out and in those 7 years I've never paid full price for gold sub.

The next gen Microsoft need to rethink what gold is. The apps are not a good enought reason to pay cos my bluray and Apple TV do all of those and have quieter fans. Microsoft are trying to do better at content services like music and movies so giving a free movie rental a month wouldn't hurt them and may get people using Xbox movies more often.
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Old 08-01-2013, 15:42
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...The next gen Microsoft need to rethink what gold is. The apps are not a good enought reason to pay cos my bluray and Apple TV do all of those and have quieter fans. Microsoft are trying to do better at content services like music and movies so giving a free movie rental a month wouldn't hurt them and may get people using Xbox movies more often.
Not making you HAVE to have a gold membership to use the apps in the first place would be nice too
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Old 08-01-2013, 16:26
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So long as you don't play online much, care for any of the additional apps like IE, Netflix etc tec and don't buy enough arcade titles to care about the dotw promotions then you might be better off on Silver.
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Old 08-01-2013, 19:28
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Ye but sadly with microsoft its all about the online gaming all the apps and demos and stuff are just an added extra. If u want the likes of netflix you can still get on your web browser.
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Old 08-01-2013, 22:48
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Mine was about to run out on the 18th, Just renewed 13months for 30 @Game.

I get my moneys worth out of it, So don't mind pay for Gold.
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Old 08-01-2013, 23:08
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Mine ran out in September last year and as my debit card had expired it didn;t renew. They sent me an email but I never got round to renewing it.

I only really have the odd splurge on Bad Company 2 multi-player.

I can get iPlayer/Lovefilm on the XBox still I think?...although I can get those via my blu-ray player too so not much of a loss.

I lost interest in CoD at MW2 and was disappointed with BF3 on-line as it was too CoD-like and not Bad Company-like. Yes, I know BF3 has differences to CoD but it still had that run around and shoot feel to it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 00:06
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You won't get Lovefilm without Gold - just iPlayer.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:38
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myself im now down to using 3 months at a time(partly because my renewal date was very close to christmas and presents for the little one were more important,and partly down to my 360 being on its last legs drive wise,but i suspect i wi have better news on that front ),took advantage of a deal Game had on the other month and got 6 months for around the same price of half of the twelve months from most onlive vendors

sort of fell out of the gaming sphere i was in(be that real life getting in the way or whatever),but i always found Live an extremely good service
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Old 08-02-2013, 13:18
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Old 22-02-2013, 14:23
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Whatever happened to the Xbox Live Gold offers I used to get via the dashboard?

Not seen any for many, many months now.
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Old 22-02-2013, 17:08
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Whatever happened to the Xbox Live Gold offers I used to get via the dashboard?

Not seen any for many, many months now.
Bugger the xbox live offers ... I wanna know if the xbox720 is gonna be B/C with all my XBLArcade purchases ... Ive bought over 300 titles & I ain't gonna be pleased if I cant redownload em.
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Old 09-03-2013, 21:52
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I play online two or three times a month but its worth it for me for the YouTube access.
I am slowly working my way through all the back episodes of Starsky and Hutch.
There is literally thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries and concerts to enjoy.
As Orzie says 10p a day is well worth it. I pay 1 a day for a paper that I never get to finish anyway.
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Old 09-03-2013, 23:09
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I play online two or three times a month but its worth it for me for the YouTube access.
I am slowly working my way through all the back episodes of Starsky and Hutch.
There is literally thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries and concerts to enjoy.
As Orzie says 10p a day is well worth it. I pay 1 a day for a paper that I never get to finish anyway.
Except YouTube is a free resource and costs Microsoft nothing.

Same goes for the likes of Netflix. You pay Netflix, and it costs Microsoft nothing yet you are forced to pay Microsoft to gain access to it.

It is a major con-job and PS+ shows it up.

Even if Microsoft gave away just one game a month compared to PS+'s 3-5 games it would make it much more worthwhile.

I am surprised subscription content providers let them put them behind a paywall as it cuts off potential customers.
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