It's Time for Xbox Live Gold to Be FreeBrian Barrett6/04/12 4:57pmFiled to: RantXbox LiveXboxMicrosoftxbox live goldTop4682EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIf you didn't catch Microsoft's press conference at E3 today, here's a brief recap: game, game, XBOX LIVE CONTENT STREAMING SPORTS MUSIC APPS, South Park game, exeunt. The message was clear: streaming services aren't just the sideshow anymore; they've got a spot in the main tent right alongside Master Chief.AdvertisementAs of today, the Xbox 360 is officially one of the best set-top boxes in the world. So you know what? It's time to start acting like one.Hulu Plus. Netflix. MLB.tv. Amazon Instant Video. Last.fm. Crackle. ESPN. Even before today's additions of NBA League Pass and NHL streaming, Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold offering more than held its own against top-tier streaming boxes like Roku and Apple TV. The console costs twice as much as those two, sure, but it's also a video game/DVD player and a Windows Media Center powerhouse. Totally worth it.