Watch out, Microsoft: People are getting upset about the Xbox One again.
Some of the new console’s most heavily touted new features — including Skype calls, the “OneGuide” program directory and in-game video recording — will require a $60/year Xbox Live Gold subscription on top of the $499 cost of the console, according to an update to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold feature page.
The confirmation is prompting a new round of complaints from bloggers and gamers. Gizmodo’s Brian Barrett compares it to buying a Big Mac and paying extra for the special sauce. But so far, at least, the discontent doesn’t seem as intense as the complaints that made Microsoft reverse its controversial policies for used games and a persistent Internet connection.
Meanwhile, as noted by Neowin, an executive with Sony says that in-game recording won’t require a subscription on the PlayStation 4. However, Sony previously announced that its new console will require a subscription for multi-player online gaming, putting it more on par with Microsoft’s practice in that respect.
And finally, a new Xbox One unboxing video released by Microsoft this morning shows that the company will include a gaming headset with the console, contrary to earlier expectations. Here’s the full video. The Xbox One is scheduled for release in November.