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August 27, 2009 // 8:23 pm - At E3 Microsoft said that Xbox Live users would need to be Gold members (requiring an annual fee) to access without paying for a subscription.

What Microsoft didn't mention, however, was that these limitations would extend to both Facebook and Twitter as well.

This news was buried in Microsoft's late night press release about the new Xbox 360 price adjustments. Here's what the press release says, to quote:

"Xbox LIVE Gold Membership will be required for Twitter and Facebook when they are available, and is required for Netflix. Games, media content and Netflix membership are sold separately; a hard drive is required for storage."

When Facebook and Twitter's Xbox Live extensions launch later this year, you'll need to be a paying subscriber to access the applications.

The press release doesn't get anymore specific than saying the social networking add-ons will arrive sometime "this fall," as Microsoft has said in the past.

XBox 360's Facebook & Twitter Requires XBL Gold Subscription

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#1 - semitope - August 27, 2009 // 8:29 pm
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so now i am most definitely getting charged for something thats free to use. Gaming online was iffy since it was free for so long (cept mmos) but now they really are crossing a line.