Xbox could be about to ditch the Xbox Live Gold requirement for video streaming services according to a report from Ars Technica.
Right now, Xbox Live Gold is required to use video streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu. It’s always been a questionable policy from Microsoft. Why should users have to pay $60 a year just to pay another monthly fee to use Netflix or Hulu? It’s never made since.
Ars Technica is reporting multiple sources have told them Microsoft plans to ditch the paywall soon. While Netflix and Hulu would become accessible without Gold, other features could find themselves behind the Gold requirement according to Ars Technica. They didn’t get any further details, but it’s not too much of a stretch to think it will revolve around Xbox Entertainment content such as the upcoming Halo TV series or other shows.
That would at least make sense.
If the move happens, it would put Microsoft back on level footing with Sony and Nintendo. They do not charge users a separate fee to access entertainment apps.
If the news is true, look for Microsoft to announce it ahead of E3 next month.