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HoldenRiot posted an update in Site Updates4.24.21 - Today we added a brand new category to our Discord Server specifically for Video Game Deals. These channels are automatically updated daily to provide you with the best possible game deals and prices! But wait, there's more! We even added a channel for free games as well! These channels look at major video game retailers such as Steam, Epic Games, Indiegala, Playstation, Humble Bundle, UPlay, Microsoft Store, Origin etc! You can gain access to these role-specific channels by joining our Discord Server and reacting with the Daily VIdeo Game Deal Sales and Giveaways reactions found in our #role-assignment channel! We also added a Steam Bot to our Discord Server! That means that you can now lookup a steam profile simply by using the text: steam search profile userNameHere Example: steam search profile HoldenRiot You can also save money by using: steam search game gameNameHere This will show the game, description, current price, and how much the title originally was! Example: steam search game rust
HoldenRiot posted a article in XboxThe end seems nigh for Xbox Live Gold, the industry standard paid subscription service that motivated both Sony and Nintendo to offer their own paid offerings in the years after it debuted. It may be the end of an era, but the alternative may end up making Microsoft even more money. There are currently rumblings that Microsoft is going to kill off the concept of Xbox Live Gold entirely, the subscription service that usually retails for around $60 a year which gives players the simple ability to access access online multiplayer for Xbox games. This has been “accepted” by gamers at this point, but it’s always been a little weird, considering that you are already paying your internet company money to access the internet, then you’re paying Xbox to access online gameplay through that internet, while also paying for the games themselves, where as you don’t have to do both for say, PC or mobile games. While Microsoft would be loathe to give up an essentially standard $60 a year, every year, from consumers, the reason they’ll likely do so is because the alternative is going to make them even more money. The answer is of course, Game Pass. Game Pass is Microsoft’s $10 a month subscription service that gives players access to a host of ready to play Xbox games, including all new Microsoft releases across Xbox consoles and PC. But past that, Microsoft eventually came up with Game Pass Ultimate, which rolled up Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold into one $15 a month subscription. Recently, they have also added its streaming service, Xcloud, on top of that, which allows you to stream games without hardware similar to Google Stadia. All of that bundled into $15. This is why Xbox Live Gold is effectively dead. This week, Microsoft confirmed that Halo Infinite would have free-to-play multiplayer, and yet it’s not really free if you still have to pay for Gold. So, here’s what is extremely likely to happen: “Free” games like Halo MP and Fortnite and such will be truly free to play across Xbox hardware without any sort of subscription, just an internet connection. Xbox Live Gold will go away entirely, and yet Game Pass will become the new standard instead. So instead of getting $60 a year from the majority of players, Microsoft will either be getting $120 a year from 12 month, $10 Game Pass subscriptions, or $180 a year from 12 month, $15 Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions which will still have the benefit of including Xcloud. Maybe knock that down to $100 and $150 respectively with some kind of deal or bundle, and lo and behold you still are making far, far more than when $60 a year XBL Gold subscriptions were the standard. You also have the added bonus of offering something of actual value. XBL Gold was an arbitrary paywall for something that everyone should have already been able to access in the first place. Game Pass and Ultimate are Netflix-like libraries of games you can play on your current hardware or anywhere, via Xcloud. That’s an actual product that feels worth paying for, and at the very least, Game Pass feels like a default purchase for anyone with an Xbox, given that two, $60 game purchases a year will essentially pay for it. Sony does not have anything to fully match this, and as far as we know, will still be having players pay $60 a year for PS Plus, which is required for online gameplay, but offers a couple free games a month. PS Now has a far, far lower adoption rate than Xbox Game Pass, as you won’t find new Sony exclusive releases on it, and Sony does not have a streaming service like Xcloud coming any time soon. They do have the advantage of…enormous console sales and a huge library of insta-buy exclusives, but Microsoft is trying to play the long game here. Article author: Paul Tassi
Verizon customers are getting a holiday gift a little early. Customers with the carrier's Unlimited plan will receive 12 months of Disney Plus for free starting Nov. 12, the launch date for the streaming service. After the promotional period, the subscription for the new streaming service will jump up to $6.99. Customers must enroll in Unlimited before June 1, 2020, to receive the free year. Disney Plus is seeking Netflix's crown. Disney plans to bring over its large catalog of family-friendly movies along with those from the other studios and properties it owns. This includes all the Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar movies. Disney also owns Fox TV shows such as The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle, and the company is also developing new series based on its Marvel and Star Wars properties such as The Mandalorian, WandaVision and Falcon and Winter Soldier. Verizon Unlimited plans start at $70 for a single line after discounts and before taxes and fees. The company is also offering a year of Disney Plus to new customers of its Fios Home or 5G Home internet services.