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Report: Microsoft to drop Xbox Live Gold requirement for streaming apps [update: confirmed]

Posted on May 13, 2014 AT 08:20am

Update: Microsoft has confined that it will be dropping the Xbox Live Gold requirement from several of its apps starting June.

“Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership,” Head of Xbox Phil Spencer revealed. “This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more. Microsoft experiences including Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide will also be available to all Xbox customers.”

The infograph below tells you everything you need to know.

Microsoft also announced a Kinect-less Xbox One bundle. You can find all the details here.

Original Story: The Xbox Live Gold membership paywall for streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu will soon be removed, according to a new report.

A number of sources within Microsoft have reportedly briefed Ars Technica on plans to drop the need for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access streaming apps. However, other services may be placed behind the paywall as a result to maintain the value of a membership. One option would be to place the company’s new Xbox Originals TV programs behind the paywall instead.

Presumably this decision is being made to bring Xbox 360 and Xbox One in line with other platforms that allow users to access streaming services for free.

Microsoft is expected to discuss the future of Xbox Live Gold during its E3 press conference in June.

Source: Ars Technica

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