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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.

Source: Joystiq

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Elder Scrolls Online and free-to-play games still require Xbox Live Gold

By Matthew Bennett | 05/15/2014 04:20 AM PT

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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.

Source: Joystiq

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Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89