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Old 12-06-2009, 11:40 PM   #1
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Xbox Live - Silver vs Gold?

WITHOUT STARTING A SYSTEM WAR...

Let me start by saying that I'm NOT a hard-core gamer. I basically have the 360 for Rock Band. However, I have a friend or two who I would like to play with via Xbox Live.

What are the REAL benefits of getting Gold? Can you not play games online with Silver? Any good free content?

I do like the idea of being able to watch netflix on it...
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:05 AM   #2
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You can't play multiplayer without Gold.
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:23 AM   #3
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Aren't you also restricted from accessing the Marketplace while having a Silver one?
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:46 AM   #4
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ps3 solves this issue by not being a money whore like Microsoft
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:17 AM   #5
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ps3 solves this issue by not being a money whore like Microsoft
You mean the same PS3 that retailed for $600?
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:28 AM   #6
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You mean the same PS3 that retailed for $600?
and still lost $250 per unit? yeah, i dont think that has anything to do with money whoring. it has everything to do with component costs being ridiculous.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:02 AM   #7
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NO CONSOLE WARS RAAAAH.

Silver
  • Free
  • Access the Marketplace, some online features

Gold
  • Not free.
  • Access more online features:
    • Multiplayer games,
    • Netflix, Last.fm, 1 vs. 100, Parties, et. al.
    • Get some Marketplace content sooner than Silver, and some exclusives as well.
    • Better matchmaking.

That about covers it.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:54 PM   #8
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Is any multi-player free? All I want to do is rockband...
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:03 PM   #9
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If you want to Rockband online, you can't without Gold. You can play multiplayer in your house for free with whoever else you want, but you don't need Silver for that.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:07 PM   #10
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If the PSN had a cost from the get go, maybe it would have been developed better and faster. While free, I can't say it compares well with XBL.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:01 PM   #11
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Gold is.. what? $50 a year?
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:53 PM   #12
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If the PSN had a cost from the get go, maybe it would have been developed better and faster. While free, I can't say it compares well with XBL.
Yeah looking at some of the features Circ mentioned, it looks like PSN has quite a ways to go, although I've got Netflix now on the PS3, so they're getting somewhere.
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Gold is.. what? $50 a year?
$40 on Newegg.com
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Yeah looking at some of the features Circ mentioned, it looks like PSN has quite a ways to go, although I've got Netflix now on the PS3, so they're getting somewhere.
What I didn't mention that further differentiates XBL from PSN is overall server/connection quality. In general you'll get less lag and more servers over XBL than PSN. Never a guarantee, of course, but most of the money made through Live is put back into Live.

And Mooga, the closest I've come to online multiplayer with a Silver membership is spectating a game of Skate. I couldn't actually play, though. If you want to play online, get Gold, it's your only option.
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For just over 3 bucks a month, I might as well give it a try... I got $50 back from buying my Xbox anyways. My issues is just that I really don't have that much of a need to play online. Although live is clearly aimed at the more hard-core gamer.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:24 PM   #16
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The recurring cost was one of my major influences to go with the ps3 over x360. I payed for the game, I refuse to pay to play it online unless I get the same level of content I get from MMOs.
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If it is any help........

I paid a homeless man to look at documentation on the two systems and to focus only on their online capabilty. I asked him to make a educated decision on it and to get back to me the next day. It seems that he was able to jerk off better to the xbox live online content offerings much better then PS3 so I guess Microsoft wins?

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I paid a homeless man to look at documentation on the two systems and to focus only on their online capabilty. I asked him to make a educated decision on it and to get back to me the next day. It seems that he was able to jerk off better to the xbox live online content offerings much better then PS3 so I guess Microsoft wins?

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XBox users decided they didn't need a web browser all that much when they realized it'd be Internet Explorer.
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Or they realized that since their desktops/laptops and phones all have them their gaming console doesn't need one as well.
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