Neoseeker : News : LA Times reports on the future of Xbox Live
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Hinata2007 Nov 20, 07
So is that 8 million from the USA or internationally? Cause while that number sounds big, I don't see it as a very impressive number-_-. And aren't they actually losing ALOT of money in the gaming market? But sigh...what does an online PC gamer like me care about this stuff anyway?
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sprites of justice Nov 20, 07
why should we pay for online gaming?
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Diablos Nov 20, 07
Those servers can't pay for themselves sprites of justice.

In b4 'p2p baaaaw'
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Cillchaoi Nov 20, 07
Presumably, since they were talking about "subscribers" instead of "US subscribers," they mean all subscribers worldwide. 8 million is not that big of a number given the potential pool of users out there. Further, how many of those accounts are actually active? Also, I must say that if XBox Live has 8 million accounts after 5 years and Sony's service has 3 million after, what, a year(?), it shows that they do have something that makes them grow faster than Microsoft did.

We shall just have to wait and see when Sony's user base overtakes that of Microsoft's. ;-)
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Raijin1999 Nov 20, 07
So apparently PC gamers aren't playing their free online games in this dimension, but can tap into the nethers and hijack server space for free. I'm down with that.
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skatcat31 Nov 20, 07
Acutally the reason Xbox live is a subscriptions service, jsut like Live for windws (both the same product and account, jsut different platforms) is because Microsoft oversees the multiplayer servers instead of the companies. So you're basicly paying for the servers to stay open to your favorite games instead of them being shutdown sooner hten expected (Like SLAI for the PS2, the online gaming lasted less then expected and had to be cut off a year earlier then wanted.).
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skatcat31 Nov 20, 07
Also, we pay for better experience. this gives htem more drives to improve the online experience, whilst sonys... si somewhat lacking in many games, often glitchy, slow, lagfilled events that leave you crying and wishing for mommy. yeah, sony's online Sucks in a lot of cases. However with the PFP(pa for play) online attitude of microsoft, they made sure it was as little lag as possible, least glitchy online experience htey could, hence why I subscribe. The experience is jsut plain better.

(I got a size eroor when I had these two posts togethor, so yeah)
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Bill Gates03 Nov 20, 07
Quote from Cillchaoi:
"Also, I must say that if XBox Live has 8 million accounts after 5 years and Sony's service has 3 million after, what, a year(?), it shows that they do have something that makes them grow faster than Microsoft did.

We shall just have to wait and see when Sony's user base overtakes that of Microsoft's. ;-)"

Well of course they will gain subscribers faster! ie: One car dealership is selling nice cars, the one across the road is giving away decent cars. Which would most people choose? Free car right?

That doesn't mean it's better, though.
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Guticb Nov 20, 07
Don't forget that this figure includes cheapo silver accounts.
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Hinata2007 Nov 20, 07
Hmm.. Well actually I asked a friend who has both witch is better and they said that it's pretty much the same online experience to them. Though they did like Microsoft a "little more". Only because of achievements.
Staff
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RabidChinaGirl Nov 20, 07
I subscribe to Live (Gold), so obviously I want to see Microsoft succeed. As I see it, Sony provides healthy competition for Microsoft and vice versa.. ensuring that neither company slacks off/rips customers off and gets away with it. Hooray for variety =)
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synshasa Nov 20, 07
Yea competition is good for consumer!!
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Hinata2007 Nov 21, 07
Indeed competition does help out. Heh, now I just have to hope Nintendo gets off there a$$ and does more to satisfy me>_>. Like *cough* rerelease Chrono Cross/Trigger to me:-D.
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iamjoe56 Nov 21, 07
China girl, Microsoft rips anyone who buys vista off. it is one of the worst operating systems of all time..and the $200 price tag, only gets you about 1/3 of the package! The home version has around 2/3 of it's features ripped out, do you need to CORPERATE version, which is 2 or 3 times as expensive, to get the features. So In that case, Micro$hit slacked off, ripped off, and generally screwed the public over. Other than that, they do okay..I guess.
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