Fion wrote on Jan 13, 2017, 23:33:
Paid MONTHLY Online Connectivity. The nail in the coffin. One of the biggest reasons I've avoided consoles in years is I refuse to pay them access to an internet I'm already paying for when that connectivity offers me literally nothing extra for the money. These companies expect me to pay them $50 a year for what.. voice chat? HAH!
Yeah, gaming servers aren't free. I mean they're not super expensive, but they're not free. Any game that isn't P2P MP has to use some kind of server backend (even P2P servers need a matchmaking/master server), usually provided by the console maker. Most MP games don't have community paid-for and run-by servers.
I'm all for free, but the Xbox 360 changed all of that, proooooobably for the better. Xbox Live in the '00s was the superior platform for online play, the PS3 however was free but kind of shite. Well, you get what you pay for. PS4 rolled around, Sony started charging the same as MS, and now the Sony servers are top-notch.
You're not "paying to connect to the internet you already pay for", you're paying to connect to their private server banks that let you run around in cyberspace teabagging noobzorz, and that costs someone money.
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