Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Jul 2013 11:52 UTC
Games "People who don't play video games would be forgiven if they turned on an Xbox 360 and didn't realize it was a device used to primarily play games. The first screen you see on the Xbox 360 Dashboard is often a mixture of ads for all sorts of goods and services, and many times games are in the minority of ad slots. The latest redesign increased the ad space that can be sold to advertisers, and that in turn increased this problem. Let's be clear, it is a problem. Game discovery is terrible in the current design of Xbox Live, and the usability of a system that used to be about games is suffering in order for Microsoft to make money on ads." Written a year ago by Ben Kuchera for Penny Arcade. In light of increased advertising efforts in Windows 8.1, this has become relevant once more. In a nutshell, do not count on Microsoft being able to strike a proper balance (thanks, Soulbender!).
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Several problems
by wocowboy on Sun 7th Jul 2013 11:55 UTC
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Ads everywhere is just one of the main problems with Xbox. When you are required to have half a dozen (exaggerated to make a point) subscriptions and memberships before you can do ANYTHING with the device is a deal-killer for me. I realize players need to have a repository for saved games, achievements, and the like, but to require an Xbox Live Gold monthly subscription BEFORE you can also pay a subscription to Netflix to use that app is completely ridiculous. The same applies for playing your own music files. We play games on ours and that's it, it just sits there the rest of the time.

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RE: Several problems
by Nelson on Sun 7th Jul 2013 13:36 in reply to "Several problems"
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The Xbox Live paywall needs to go away. Its a pointless edge MSFT gives their competitors.

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RE: Several problems
by vitae on Sun 7th Jul 2013 20:34 in reply to "Several problems"
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I'll second that. Can't even surf with Explorer without subscribing. Just plain greed by Microsoft.

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