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XBox 360's Facebook & Twitter Requires XBL Gold Subscription


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260w ago - At E3 Microsoft said that Xbox Live users would need to be Gold members (requiring an annual fee) to access Last.fm without paying for a Last.fm-specific subscription.

What Microsoft didn't mention, however, was that these limitations would extend to both Facebook and Twitter as well.

This news was buried in Microsoft's late night press release about the new Xbox 360 price adjustments. Here's what the press release says, to quote:

"Xbox LIVE Gold Membership will be required for Twitter and Facebook when they are available, and is required for Netflix. Games, media content and Netflix membership are sold separately; a hard drive is required for storage."

When Facebook and Twitter's Xbox Live extensions launch later this year, you'll need to be a paying subscriber to access the applications.

The press release doesn't get anymore specific than saying the social networking add-ons will arrive sometime "this fall," as Microsoft has said in the past.



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#11 - JeffJ - 260w ago
No, just use it elsewhere, if it's everywhere else. If you do decide to buy Gold though, you'll be getting access to much more than Twitter and Facebook.
i currently have a gold membership and i use nothing it offers, my point is they shouldn't be using a free service to promote there pay service its just a dirty deed. if its a free service and you choose to support it you should be offering it free and universally to all consoles. Not just the users who give you money monthly.

brazi11's Avatar
#10 - brazi11 - 260w ago
the shouldn't be using a free popular service, and then require you to subscribe to therep ay service, in order to use it. thats just dirty.

what about people like me who never use live? so then what i have to buy a gold account so i can use other wise found free every where els services?

No, just use it elsewhere, if it's everywhere else. If you do decide to buy Gold though, you'll be getting access to much more than Twitter and Facebook.

JeffJ's Avatar
#9 - JeffJ - 260w ago
yeah... it's called a perk. they aren't expecting people to subscribe just for these features. just an enticement to add to the other reasons to subscribe, like online play, or netflix.

the shouldn't be using a free popular service, and then require you to subscribe to therep ay service, in order to use it. thats just dirty.

what about people like me who never use live? so then what i have to buy a gold account so i can use other wise found free every where els services?

brazi11's Avatar
#8 - brazi11 - 260w ago
yeah... it's called a perk. they aren't expecting people to subscribe just for these features. just an enticement to add to the other reasons to subscribe, like online play, or netflix.

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#7 - Caveman007 - 260w ago
Divx does work. There are two good websites with free downloads. The great thing is you can download them directly to your ps3's hdd.

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