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Microsoft Removes Xbox Live Gold Requirement for Various Services

Category: Gaming
Posted: 09:54AM

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

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ir_cow on May 13, 2014 12:52PM
This is honestly why I ended up buying a PS4 originally because I didn't want to pay for gold to watch Netflix (now because it cost more , etc). If my service lapsed, I couldn't do anything with my X360 and I got real tired of it. I'm glad to see M$ finally going in the right direction
ClayMeow on May 13, 2014 01:38PM
And yet, do you ever plan on not subbing to PS+? :P
ir_cow on May 14, 2014 02:52PM
No because the free games great and well worth the $50 a year.

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