03-17-2013, 10:36 AM #1
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I don't own and Xbox and most of my music/video entertainment is provided by Pandora, Slacker, Netflix, Vudu, Amazon through either computer, WP8, or PS3/Sony Home Theater. I've been contemplating what the benefit of an Xbox 360 might be and it becomes very unclear exactly what is provided with a gold Xbox Live membership. The official site does a great job marketing everything you get without any of the details that worries me. Can someone point me to a site that provides better clarity of exactly what one gets with Xbox Live?
Free? Like as in Pandora Slacker (largely free anyway)
Albums are still purchased I assume, does this require gold membership, provide discounts, anything?
What is "music pass"? And is it included with gold membership? Valuable service?
OK, they have Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon on the Xbox 360 console, do I need Xbox LIve account to use these pay services?
What is Xbox Movies, similar to Xbox music? Why no "Xbox Video Pass"?
Does gold membership provide value here? I mean, it is a pay service right? So what does one get?
Seems to have similar content available to Vudu, Amazon, Netflix... is any free? Movie rentals discounted?
Please, someone help explain what is provided with Xbox Live, what the upgrade to gold provides, and what will be potential additional costs to keep a media consumer happy? Without all of vague marketing fluff that makes it hard to decipher exactly what you get and what you'll still want.
03-17-2013, 10:18 PM #4
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Xbox Live - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
this wiki may break it down for you better but pretty much that is the case, I mean I am a Xbox Gold member for a while before the apps started. It really just started with gaming so everything else was just a bonus as it had evolved. They are keeping true to its console main purpose of online gaming.
03-18-2013, 06:52 PM #5
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Gold gets you "access" to use the apps you would find free elsewhere. The BBC app was delayed ages as the BBC required MS to provide it for free. MS insisted it is for gold members only. If you want Xbox music, that is extra too.
I have not used a PS3 so I cannot see if it is worth paying for.
The rule of thumb with MS is that if you only want to game locally then Silver will do. Everything requires gold membership, which costs.Own a Lumia 920 - in UK
04-03-2013, 10:37 AM #9
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If your fine with your setup so far, just wait a lottle while longer to see what the next box will provide. but I do prefer Xbox over ps3 even though ps3 online gaming is free. Xbox has a larger US presence in the form of online players.
You also need gold status to send messages to other gamers from the game hub.(wp8)
So for gold you get:
.Wp8 player messaging
More players to play with online (Xbox)
You get discounts on purchases from the marketplace (Xbox). After a certain amount of gamer points.
Free points for your birthday
Free movie weekends(doesn't matter if silver or gold)
Free games, every now and then
Overall better services, slightly more secure and better games, but all of that last part is subjective.
04-20-2013, 03:53 PM #10
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Personally, I do think if your main objective is to consume media other than gaming, you do have other options. Though, I can understand why some feel services you already pay for should be free with a basic Silver membership
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