Of course it will. These things are server-intensive, and that's been the big reasoning for why players should pay for Gold. This is a chance for Sony to differentiate, but we'll see. On one hand they've built the box from the ground up to be social, per Cerny. On the other, you've got to toss a lot if resources at the back end to make it work, and PSN still isn't on par with Live.
Do you have your ears plugged? They've come out and said media features are not behind Paywall. They came out and said group chat is not behind Paywall. So because they're not rushing to the microphone everytime MS says something in order to keep pace, that is remaining silent?
Makes sense, Microsoft is trying to incentivize people to sign up for Gold. Locking some of these features has clearly worked for them this Gen. I would however like subscription apps like Netflix get in front of the paywall.
It shouldn't even be disappointing for any one. We can't even use our free apps as it is without paying them first. You can put discs in and play games and thats it, all other functionality is blocked off except demo downloads and store purchases. Its the way its always will be if you're dealing with Microsoft
Not surprising given that this is what Microsoft does, but at the same time they should be focusing on adding value to the box, not the subscription, heck can I even call this adding value to XBL Gold.