Xbox One gold subscription-only features announced
Microsoft has confirmed numerous Xbox One features that'll require a gold subscription, including the DVR...
For a long time Microsoft has offered both silver (free) and gold (paid) subscriptions for its Xbox Live service, and with the Xbox One, this isn't going to change, and gold service exclusives have been announced on Xbox.com.
As with the 360, users will be able to pay nothing to use the online service, but it'll be a limited deal, with various premium elements not being available without a subscription. Without paying you'll be able to download game demos, buy marketplace content and chat with friends, but you'll be missing out on a good deal of features.
The much vaunted DVR functionality of the Xbox One is going to be exclusive to gold members, and unavailable to those who don't pay a fee. So, if you want to capture game clips at 720p/30fps, you'll need a gold sub to do so.
There's also a number of other features the unit is capable of that require this sub, including special offer availability, the range of premium entertainment apps, and Skype. Free users won't be able to use Internet Explorer either. The full list of premium, gold-only features released is below.
- Exclusive deals
- Game DVR
- Internet Explorer on your TV
- Premium entertainment applications
- Special offers
- The NFL on Xbox
- Unrivalled multiplayer gaming
At first glance, this may all look a little miserly and unfair, but much of the content above requires gold membership on the 360 too, so little has actually changed. The DVR function is going to be the thorn in most people's sides, as it's both new, and desirable for those who like the idea of sharing their gaming exploits. However, as you need a gold sub to play online anyway, the odds are those wishing to share their videos will already be paying members, so there's little to worry about.
The Xbox One should arrive in stores this November, for $499 in the US, €499 in Europe and £429 in the UK. The gold subscription is priced at $5 per month for a 12 month period.
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