Users excited about watching movies and television shows through apps like Netflix on their Xbox One have reason for celebration this Tuesday night. Today, Microsoft formally announced that it’ll no longer require Xbox One and Xbox 360 users to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use both console’s entertainment apps.
Phil Spencer, a game maker who previously spent his time managing Microsoft-made titles for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, will lead the combined software team in charge of the Xbox.
Microsoft itself announced the changes today, noting that Spencer
Far be it for a week to go by and Microsoft not heavily discount its backlog of first-party and Xbox Live Arcade titles for the Xbox 360. Starting today, all Xbox Live Gold users can pick up copies of Batman: Arkham City and Alan Wake and more on the cheap.
Xbox 360 and Xbox One users wishing they could play games with other Xbox Live users or watch videos through Netflix or Hulu Plus should get excited. Microsoft says it’s temporarily granting all Xbox Live users the benefits of Xbox Live Gold this weekend.
We hope you Xbox Live lovers haven’t grown too tired of news related to Xbox Entertainment Studios, the in-house production company that Microsoft hopes will make it a player in original programming. XES is getting another high-profile television insider: Ari Mark.
It seems users celebrating the Xbox One launch in the far east may be having way too much fun. How do we know that even though we don’t have an Xbox One? As of right now Xbox LIVE, Xbox.com and Xbox support are all down.
We’ll make this simple. Would you rather be counting down the days until the Xbox 360 gets replaced by playing old busted retail titles or would you rather ring in the Xbox One launch with a shiny new Xbox LIVE