Microsoft Removes Xbox Live Gold Requirement for Various Services
Although owners of Xbox gaming consoles have long had to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to access various applications like Hulu and Netflix, Microsoft has just announced that it is dropping that requirement. In a move to rework its offerings and streamline pricing and structure into a model that mimics those offered by Sony, Microsoft is allowing Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners to access various entertainment, gaming, and sports applications without a paid Xbox Live subscription. Some examples of services that are now available without Xbox Live Gold include ESPN, IGN, Machinima, MLG, NBA, Netflix, NHL, Hulu, Twitch, UFC, and YouTube.
Along with its recent announcement of offering the Xbox One without the Kinect, Microsoft is hoping to increase its sales with its latest announcement regarding Xbox Live Gold requirements.
Source: Xbox Wire