Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has confirmed that despite the paywall being removed for streaming apps, players will still require an Xbox Live Gold account to access free to play titles (such as World of Tanks and Warface) and The Elder Scrolls Online, when it launches.
“Right now we haven’t changed the policy on MMOs and free-to-play games,” Spencer told Joystiq. He did note that with some games there are “engineering constraints, policy constraints and partner constraints in each one of these scenarios.”
The Elder Scrolls Online will still require an Xbox Live Gold account as well as a subscription to the game when it launches towards the end of this year—following a six-month delay. However, this may change before launch. On PlayStation 4 a PlayStation Plus subscription will not be required to play the game.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it would be removing the need for an Xbox Live Gold account to access streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu in June. Current subscribers can request a refund based on their remaining subscription time once the changes go live.