Xbox Live Silver to become Xbox Live Free

Microsoft has made a habit of taking things away from Silver members, rather than giving things to Gold members, and it seems that the company is now taking the one thing they had left — their name. The dignified XBL Silver membership is soon to become XBL Free, a title that reflects poverty and disenfranchisement, which is definitely why Microsoft did it.

Xbox Live’s European community manager (less glamorous Major Nelson) Graeme “Aceybongos” Boyd Tweeted the news earlier. He then ate a turkey leg in one bite and threw the bone at a beggar. 

Joking aside, I can see why Microsoft did this. With Kinect coming soon, MS is anticipating a slew of “casual” gamers on Xbox Live, and everybody knows that “casual” gamers need to be treated like utter retards. “Free” is far more straightforward than “Silver”, so all those soccer moms who are afraid of real controllers can understand what’s going on. 

Microsoft has made a habit of taking things away from Silver members, rather than giving things to Gold members, and it seems that the company is now taking the one thing they had left — their name. The dignified XBL Silver membership is soon to become XBL Free, a title that reflects poverty and disenfranchisement, which is definitely why Microsoft did it.

Xbox Live’s European community manager (less glamorous Major Nelson) Graeme “Aceybongos” Boyd Tweeted the news earlier. He then ate a turkey leg in one bite and threw the bone at a beggar. 

Joking aside, I can see why Microsoft did this. With Kinect coming soon, MS is anticipating a slew of “casual” gamers on Xbox Live, and everybody knows that “casual” gamers need to be treated like utter retards. “Free” is far more straightforward than “Silver”, so all those soccer moms who are afraid of real controllers can understand what’s going on. 

Jim Sterling