Well, do tell. As that hasn't been the case for many AVSers. I'm sure they'd appreciate it!
Edited by TyrantII - 1/12/14 at 4:16pm
My wife picked me up an XB1 for Christmas.
Do any of your remember networking your (original) Xbox with your computer and using gaming sites & software to connect? It was "free" in the sense it didn't cost money. However, the quirkiness and frustration quickly made you realize "free" comes with non-monetary costs.
I don't think Xbox Live is perfect; however, it's frustration free (for the most part) and does a good job for what it's meant to do. If you are dumping $400+ on a console plus games and accessories, you probably shouldn't be complaining about the subscription cost -- your life is good. But if you want to save a few bucks, be savvy and use Slickdeals.net. Occasionally you can find 12 month memberships for $35/year, and almost anytime you can find them for $45/year.
I haven't been on the PS platform in a long time and have no idea their advancements and strategies for online gaming. Perhaps someone can share the difference? I presume there is a cost to network with other gamers, or you deal with a hodge podge of other issues that negate the term "free".
In regards to the PS4 and XB1 -- both systems are great. And both systems have some flaws. In my opinion, it comes down to this:
In the XB1 settings menu, you can tell the XB1 to pass uncompressed 5.1 or 7.1 audio signals to your receiver. If you plan to "daisy chain" your STB to the XB1 and then to your receiver, you need to use the beta settings (until MS releases a new software update).
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