Why the Hell Are the Xbox One's Best New Features Behind a Paywall?

You don't buy a Big Mac and pay extra for special sauce. You don't buy an iPhone and pay extra for FaceTime. So why in the hell is Microsoft putting some of its most heavily promoted Xbox One features behind an idiotic Xbox Live Gold paywall? Because it can. But that doesn't mean that it should. » 8/08/13 9:36am 8/08/13 9:36am

Xbox Live Gold Is Still One of the Biggest Ripoffs in Tech

A lot of mud has been slung Microsoft's way this week, much of it deserved. Used game restrictions, mandatory internet check-ins; these new impositions don't sit well. But they also distract from the single worst thing about the Xbox One, which was also the single worst thing about Xbox 360: The tyranny of Xbox Live… » 6/13/13 10:30am 6/13/13 10:30am

It's Time for Xbox Live Gold to Be Free

If 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. » 6/04/12 4:57pm 6/04/12 4:57pm

Microsoft, It's Time to Stop Charging for Other Companies' Content on…

If your subscription is paid, you can watch Netflix for free on your computer, your Blu-ray player, your PS3, and soon, your Wiibut not on the Xbox 360. Microsoft, it's time to kill the Xbox internet tax » 1/13/10 11:25am 1/13/10 11:25am