Microsoft Removes Gold Requirement For Netflix And Adds Xbox One Games With Gold
By Armi Dimaranan on May 13, 2014
Chances are you may not see the sun this summer, because the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer, announced a slew of Xbox One and Xbox 360 goodies that are bound to keep you indoors.
A Kinect-less $399 Xbox One was just announced earlier today, set for release on June 9th. Now, Xbox One and 360 owners who do not have an Xbox Live Gold membership can enjoy the perks of their Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO GO subscriptions without being restricted by the XBL Gold paywall. The new Gold-less features are not limited to popular paid-for streaming services, with apps like Machinima, Twitch, Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive, and over 170 more apps, being available to all Xbox owners regardless of subscription level.
Rolling along with the Xbox festivities, Games with Gold, the free games program aimed at delivering gaming goods to the Xbox 360, will now launch on the Xbox One, with the first two games being Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. In June, the 360 will receive Dark Souls, Charlie Murder, and a bonus game of Super Street Figher IV: Arcade Edition. The best part about this is you’ll only need a single Gold membership account to gain access to the Xbox One and 360 goodies.
While freebies are still the main thing to look forward to on the Xbox One in June, discounts of up to 50-75% off of Xbox One titles such as Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome will also make an appearance.
When Phil Spencer was named Head of Xbox, he stated that he wanted to bring gaming to the forefront of Xbox once again. Do you feel he’s been owning up to his promise? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
HT: Xbox Wire