Recently Microsoft announced that some of features on the Xbox One (such as the Guide,and Game DVR) will require XLG to access such features. This announcement, garnered another 'angry mob' at Microsoft. Microsoft's Walled Garden has grown into an very well thought out ecosystem. Don't get me wrong it does have it's flaws, like the racial slurs, and other derogatory things that come across the Xbox Live airwaves (Does lil'Timmy and his uncle Tommy, ever really get penalized for the words that come out of their mouths?), or some of the Games on Demand that are still priced ridiculously high, where as that very same game has a GoY edition on Amazon and selling for $10-$20 cheaper.
Everyone is allowed inside the walls of Xbox Live, but a Gold seal of approval is needed (Xbox Live Gold) for the full Live experience. It seems like more and more people are starting to whine (what else is new when it comes to Microsoft) about the fee (and what comes or doesn't come with it). Should multiplayer be behind the Gold wall? How about the new hotness like the Xbox Guide or GameDVR (Xbox One features only)? Definitely not HULU and Netflix, right? Right?
Yeah, Yeah, I know that there are a ton of other platforms that don't have a walled around Netflix and Hulu (Roku, Smart TV, Blu-Ray Players that have apps, other gaming consoles).
I personally don't mind the $60 per year (which I never pay that much, thanks to the powers of the internet) because of the upkeep that Live has maintained for the most part. Like I said, it does have it's flaws, but all in all Live is an addictive place to be. Rather your gaming or not. Knowing that the $$$ I contributed to Live (And not just me but Silver and Gold alike) will contribute to better servers, better maintenance, and an better overall experience, is worth it to me.
BUT!!! There are those who feel that Microsoft is too harsh, when it comes to the features of Silver vs Gold. I can and will respect your views on what you feel, on how things should work inside vs outside of the *GOLD CLUB* . If Microsoft decides to put Netflix and Hulu outside of Gold, will that be enough for people? Or will Live member demand more? You know how the saying goes 'Give an inch, take a mile' or something like that.
Is Microsoft being to restrictive with Live? Are we asking for too much? Give Silver some things that were wrapped in Gold to ease the grumblings, or tick of the people who have been paying the $60 all this time because they are and have been paying for, what could potentially be given away.