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Can I download games without having XBOX Live?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
All,

Was teetering back and forth between Xbox 360 and PS3 as it is time for an upgrade from Wii. Since I have kids 9 &6 yrs old I purchased (haven't opened yet) and Xbox 360 with the Kinnect system so we can all exercise and have fun on those rainy days.

I started doing a little research on the Xbox live susbscription and was upset to know that if I want Netflix and Hulu I have to subscribe to Live as well as pay for theNetflix/Hulu subscriptions...this is crap but not a deal killer for me.

The one option I like is that I can download whole game or demos before I invest money in buying the full game. Do I need to subscribe to Xbox Live to be able to dl games?

If it wasn't for the Kinnect I would probably go with PS3
post #2 of 10
Yes you can buy and download games with just a silver account. You just cant play any multiplayer online.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thx for the quick response. Is there a fee for a Silver account?
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by sschantz View Post

Thx for the quick response. Is there a fee for a Silver account?

No there isnt, its what they call the free account.
post #5 of 10
That's why Microsoft relabeled the silver account the "Xbox Live Free" account. So there's Xbox Live Free and Xbox Live Gold. But most long-time gamers still use the Silver tag.
post #6 of 10
xbone and ps4 are only about 5 weeks away. i can't see putting money into last gen at this time.
post #7 of 10
if you decide to keep the kinect system, a great site for kinect info is 123kinect.com. they also have a lot of tips for properly setting up the Kinect (and setup is key for great performance). you can get most of these titles really cheap now as the 360 and kinect are being retired for the next-gen Kinect and Xbox One.

must have kinect games:
kinect sports and kinect sports season two (or get the Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection which includes KS1, KS2, and all the DLC like basketball, additional golf courses, ski courses, etc.).
kinect party
happy action theatre
doodle jump
fruit ninja
dance central 1, 2, 3
just dance 3, 4, 2014
child of eden

great ones:
body and brain
marvel avengers
powerup heroes
wipeout 1, 2, 3
disneyland adventures
fable the journey
rhythm party
the gunstringer

for exercise:
pretty much all kinect games will get you in shape! especially the wipeout series as you're constantly running, jumping, and stopping.
but for pure exercise, the Your Shape Fitness series is generally the most popular. Nike is the newest one (no experience with it). There are demos for these. I love UFC Personal Trainer as it has great shadow boxing and floor exercises. The Biggest Loser has online multiplayer (exercise with online people), floor exercises, etc.

Right now, Xbox One is pretty light on Kinect games. But on potential, the new Kinect 2.0 is a very nice improvement over the current one. Check out the Kinect 2.0 thread for details on the differences. It's totally different tech. The original Kinect was based on structured light technology. The new Kinect is based on time-of-flight technology.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by sschantz View Post

All,

Was teetering back and forth between Xbox 360 and PS3 as it is time for an upgrade from Wii. Since I have kids 9 &6 yrs old I purchased (haven't opened yet) and Xbox 360 with the Kinnect system so we can all exercise and have fun on those rainy days.

I started doing a little research on the Xbox live susbscription and was upset to know that if I want Netflix and Hulu I have to subscribe to Live as well as pay for theNetflix/Hulu subscriptions...this is crap but not a deal killer for me.

The one option I like is that I can download whole game or demos before I invest money in buying the full game. Do I need to subscribe to Xbox Live to be able to dl games?

If it wasn't for the Kinnect I would probably go with PS3

Keep in mind that the so-called "demos" that MS lets you play are typically about 30 seconds to 2 minutes of gameplay before the "demo" runs out, as opposed to the one full hour that PS3 usually allows...hardly enough to ever make an educated decision on a game's actual worth. Also, I'd lay money that your 6 year old might find some marginal entertainment in the Kinect if there's absolutely nothing else to do (at least as a novelty for the first couple of weeks) but your 9 year old is likely too old to enjoy it at all.

Don't let the naysayers dissuade you against either a 360 or PS3, as you should be able to score some of the current generation games for incredibly cheap right now. Some great triple A titles abound (although they're a bit older now) and can be had for around $5 each. If you decide to stick with the Kinect, you can easily get a dozen or so of those games for a couple of dollars, so long as you don't go down the insanely overpriced MS direct download path. Lastly, you can get 12 months of Live at various places for $30 - $35 with little effort. Never pay $60 directly to MS, and never, ever, EVER give them a way to charge you should your Live expire!
post #9 of 10
that's crazy. I've never seen a demo that only lasted 30 seconds.
post #10 of 10
LOL, OK. I've never played a demo that ended in 2 minutes, much less 30 seconds.
sschantz, most demos are in the 15 minute to 1 hour range...
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