Following yesterday’s revelations that some of the much-touted new features of the Xbox One will only be accessible to paid Xbox Live Gold subscribers, Microsoft issued a press release today clarifying how Gold will work with the Xbox One.
The company outlined a system that it’s calling “Home Gold” in which the benefits conveyed to Gold subscribers will be available on the console they designate as their home console, regardless of who is logged in. That means if you have two accounts on your home Xbox, subscribing to Gold on one of them will be enough to grant benefits to both of them while they’re at home.
That’s important because Microsoft is emphasizing the Xbox One’s ability to personalize the user experience for multiple accounts, and if only one account had access to Gold, anyone in a household would be required to use it if they wanted to do things that required a paid membership like watch Netflix.
In addition, Gold subscribers who go over to a friend’s house and log in on that person’s Xbox will bring some of the benefits with them, including online multiplayer, one of the service’s key features. However, if you’re getting Gold benefits through Home Gold, it seems like you won’t bring those with you without a subscription.
Previously on GeekWire: Xbox One: Skype, Game DVR and OneGuide will require paid Xbox Live subscription