Xbox Live money stackMicrosoft recently announced that they were going to increase the price of Xbox Live from $50 to $60 starting in November. That announcement was met with negativity among gamers. I for one am not upset at the price increase and will gladly pay it here are five reasons why.

 

Features: Xbox Live recently added Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Last.fm and will soon be adding ESPN, Video Kinect, and Hulu Plus.

Interface: Anyone else remember when the only way to use Xbox Live was multiplayer games? When the service launched thats all you could do, there was no dashboard the only way to access it was from in-game. 

Community: Xbox Live has a strong community with content that is constantly updated and events such as Game with Fame.

Inflation: Lets face it inflation is a fact of life. Xbox Live has gone from 8 million subscribers in 2007 to 23 million on February 5, 2010. The price for games increased from $50-$60. The selling point of Live when it came out was that for the cost of one game you could play all of your games online, that is still the case.

Sales: If you pay full price for Xbox Live that's your choice. The subscription cards regularly go on sale at many online retailers. If the price increase upsets you look around, you should have no problem finding them at a discount.

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