The latest news in from US site 1UP.com sees Microsoft Game Studios Corporate Vice President Shane Kim revealing that the forthcoming Xbox Live offering for the PC / Windows Vista could be "free". Like Live on the 360 console, the suggestion is that Microsoft might opt for two flavours, like Gold and Silver, restricting access to certain features to non-paying subscribers. It is implied that such an option might help the new multiplayer service compete with existing free offerings on the competitive PC platform
"Not all customers have to pay for Xbox Live on Xbox 360, in the same way you're going to have a similar approach when we bring Live over to Windows. Those details are going to be announced pretty shortly. We have big value offering to customers because we can create an integrated Live experience across platforms," Kim told the website. "We do recognize that, unlike the Xbox 360 environment, there's existing competition in the PC online space. So we have to take that into account as we think about how we're going to structure our services, what they'll pay for and what they won't."