Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question” – 9/1/10

So I got an email this week from Microsoft, which I thought was nice since I hadn’t heard from them since around this time last year.  When I read the email I was reminded why.  My Xbox Live was due for renewal, and they were kindly informing me that the costs were going up $10.  Fortunately, I locked in my renewal for $10 less than I paid last year, which is confusing to me, so I’m not going to think about it.  I will ask the question, though:

Is $60 a year too much to pay for Xbox Live’s Gold level of online connectivity?

I have my thoughts on this subject, and I’ll share them on Friday, but I’m curious to know what you all think here.’s response: “No. This is the regular price for Xbox Live.” – I appreciate the simplicity of the response, and my answer isn’t too far off from it.  But that waits until Friday.

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here.  I will post my response on Friday. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • $60 is too much to pay for just online play, the only feature other then Netflix that I use that comes with a Xbox Live Gold Membership. I can easily and happily go without every other feature that a gold membership consists of and I can go without Netflix as every other device in my house provides it for free.

  • Nope.

  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    Yes, it is too much. But you’re an idiot if you pay that much. I always buy a 12 month card when they are on sale. I’ve never paid more than $35 for a years worth.

  • I don’t know if I would say it is too much. I believe in paying for a service if the service provides me a quality experience, and I have never felt as though I have had a problem with xbox live (the people on it sometimes, but not the service)… 60 is probably as high as I would comfortably pay… its 5 bucks a month which is cheaper than most quality mmos a month.