Not content to overcharge us to download games we can get cheaper in stores and shutting out a big section of people from using Xbox Live Microsoft has decided to only allow Gold Members to utilize Facebook and Twitter features on the Xbox 360.
Facebook and Twitter on Xbox LIVE will be free to Gold members, with a free trial period also available for Silver members. Facebook and Twitter on Xbox LIVE will offer a truly one-of-a-kind social experience, completely optimized for the TV and seamlessly integrated onto your console. Add to that exclusive access to Last.fm, Netflix instant streaming, demos, trailers and discounts, plus the best multiplayer gaming network on the planet, and we're confident Xbox LIVE Gold memberships is hands-down the best value in home entertainment. We're committed to adding new features and value for our Gold members, and will continue to do so.
Currently, Xbox Live subscriptions cost NZ$10.95 for 1 month, NZ$29.95 for 3 months and NZ$79.95 for 12. Adding this to the current cost of the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 looks like a better valued system for those who have yet to join the current generation consoles.
However, there is still hope as we're expecting that price cut for Microsoft's console on the 22nd of September.