Microsoft opens pre-orders for 'Day One' Xbox Live Gold membership

By all accounts, pre-orders of the 'Day One' edition of Microsoft's new Xbox One are doing pretty well. Amazon reported that it had sold out of its allocation of the console (and indeed of Sony's PlayStation 4) earlier this month, while Best Buy also ran out of pre-order stocks before resuming sales

The console isn't the only thing that's getting the 'Day One' treatment. Microsoft has now launched the 'Day One Xbox Live Gold membership, with pre-orders available immediately. So what's so special about this special edition package? 

Well, for the $59.99 price, you'll get a standard 12-month Gold membership, along with a "commemorative Gold membership card" and a digital copy of the game Killer Instinct: Round One, in which you'll be able to exclusively play as the Shadow Jago character. 

We'll let you be the judge of whether or not that's a good deal, but it's important to note that despite the shared 'Day One' branding, it's not a mandatory purchase alongside the Xbox One. If you've already got Xbox Live Gold membership, it will extend to your Xbox One without any further charge for the duration of your membership. If you don't yet have Xbox Live Gold, but you're getting an Xbox One, promotional deals can often be found elsewhere for purchasing Gold membership. 

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Microsoft you need to make it more affordable and lower the price to $9.99 to gain a tremendous user in the long term. Do you wish to reach 1 Billion xbox live GM? then rectify it to $9.99 and it will gradually become a reality. Facebook will be perish due to your enormous user base and you could eventually tout your service as the most popular social network of all time instead of just gaming community. It will also lead to increase in xbox one sales as well. Do the right thing and stop sinking.

The thing is that they've invested a brutal amount of money on putting those new servers.

This membership is technically free, since you'll be getting a new game. Can't see a better offer without decimating profits.

Now... what I wonder... could I buy this and still work for the 360?

Master of Earth said,
Microsoft you need to make it more affordable and lower the price to $9.99 to gain a tremendous user in the long term. Do you wish to reach 1 Billion xbox live GM? then rectify it to $9.99 and it will gradually become a reality. Facebook will be perish due to your enormous user base and you could eventually tout your service as the most popular social network of all time instead of just gaming community. It will also lead to increase in xbox one sales as well. Do the right thing and stop sinking.

$9.99/year for xbox 360 live?

It's because most of the people love to kiss microsoft butt and fail to realize in 7 years time they won't have to pay for a new generation of console. Microsoft is rich enough to provide those service for free base on their revenue and market cap. Sony is not as big as microsoft and if they want to charge i can understand. But microsoft just love to earn your $$ when they don't need to.

They didn't notice that if the customer happy they will always come back for you. this is a great strategy to beat PS4. Microsoft just want you to keep on paying when you don't have to. Microsoft is always making a mistake when they launch a new product ever since vista turn into fiasco. They just no longer know how to make a customer think that their product is far superior and more value than the competitor.

Edited by Master of Earth, Jul 30 2013, 12:53pm :

Dinggus said,

I think $60/year is just fine. I haven't met anyone complaining about the price yet.


Because you can get it over the Internet for 35$ to 50$

Apparently Sony aren't going to change their pricing plan for the PS4, and I picked up a year subscription last month for £45 I believe.

Intrinsica said,
Apparently Sony aren't going to change their pricing plan for the PS4, and I picked up a year subscription last month for £45 I believe.

That's correct; it'll still be $50 in America and £40 here in the UK (disproportionate compared to Xbox Live Gold when Americans pay $10 more and we pay the same).

And £45? I hope that's a typo meant to say £35. And a little tip: if you're patient, usually the PlayStation Store itself discounts the one-year subscription to £30 at least once a year; that's always when I renew.

Eh, I'm not entirely certain what I paid. I can't even remember why I got it now, I think I missed the auto-patch feature and the online saved games feature. Anyway, even if I did pay £45, that comes to £3.75 a month, and I've already completely taken advantage of the free games that you can play which means I've easily covered the costs.

Intrinsica said,
Apparently Sony aren't going to change their pricing plan for the PS4, and I picked up a year subscription last month for £45 I believe.

Maybe not the pricing plan, but it will cost everyone now and not just optional - which is my point.

The difference is pittance, its a few candy bars a month for a far better online experience.

glen8 said,
Sounds like a good deal to me actually, IF you want the game. Supposed to be a good game isn't it?

Well it's a F2P game, with a ton of "DLC"

WaffleKing said,

Well it's a F2P game, with a ton of "DLC"


I expect most games will adopt this model. We already have it to an extent with weapon unlocks etc but i imagine things are going to get a lot worse next gen.

glen8 said,
Sounds like a good deal to me actually, IF you want the game. Supposed to be a good game isn't it?

Unlike most F2P games, there will be a full version to purchase.

The game is only F2P in that it only comes with one Character. The other characters will be released as DLC add-ons, but pricing hasn't been announced. I'm assuming that the pricing structure will be as such that if you buy all of them, it will be like $40 total.