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Amazon rebrands LoveFilm, ups Prime subscription price

The cost of Amazon Prime membership is getting a significant increase. Having previously warned that such a move was in the offing, cost of Prime membership will on February 26th increase from 49 to 79. However, customers are going to be getting a big extra for the money – Prime …

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Coinstar machines to start dishing out Xbox Live codes

Gamers will soon be able to convert all their loose change into Xbox Live credit in the US. Polygon reports that digital payment company Rixty is working with Microsoft to allow consumers to use Coinstar vending machines to receive credit for Microsoft’s console marketplace. Users will be able to claim …

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Free Xbox Live Gold membership offered with Office 365 subscription

Microsoft is offering a year’s free membership to Xbox Live Gold to those who subscribe to its Office 365 subscription plan. The Office 365 Home Premium annual subscription costs 79.99 and entitles owners to install the Microsoft Office client on up to five PCs and Macs for a year. It …

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Tiered memberships for PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation plus could be on the way to becoming a tiered membership service, if a new survey from Sony is anything to go by. IGN reports that the PS3 platform holder has circulated a questionnaire to PS+ members that asks if they’d be willing to pay different amounts for different …

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1m gamers sign up for premium Call of Duty: Elite membership

Activision has announced that over 1m consumers paid up for the premium version of the Call of Duty: Elite service within its first six days of availability. By contrast it highlights the premium online offers from the likes of Xbox Live, Netflix and Hulu took over a year to reach …

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GameStop sells 600k COD Elite memberships, laments packed Q4 schedule

The growth of the digital games market may typically be seen as the biggest threat to retail, but is the cramped Q4 release schedule in reality a bigger burden? Speaking to investors following its Q3 financial report yesterday, GameStop president Tony Bartel highlighted the major role the chain has played …

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PlayStation Plus discounted

PS3 owners have been given an extra incentive to sign up to PlayStation Plus, the premium version of Sony’s online gaming network. Subscribers who sign up to the 39.99 a year service between now and May 3rd will receive 15 months membership instead of 12 months. Existing members won’t miss …

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Duke Nukem treat for Borderlands players

Publisher 2K Games has announced a special treat that will be bundled with next week’s Borderlands Game of the Year Edition. Included in the box will be membership to what is being called the Duke Nukem First Access Club which will allow for early access to the (quite literally) long-awaited …

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UKIE adds low-end £500 membership

As part of its new strategy to widen its membership trade association UKIE has introduced a new 500 membership packaged. It’s hoped the low-cost fee will help attract the emerging wave of online, casual, social and mobile games that the organisation formerly called ELSPA wants to reach. The organisation rebranded …

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MS reveals Xbox Live Family Pack

Ever been frustrated by the fact that while dad can play online on Xbox Live thanks to his Gold membership, the kids can’t do the same on the very same machine when logged in under their profile? Fret no more. Microsoft has revealed what it is calling the Xbox Live …

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