Microsoft released a list of all the Xbox One features that only Gold subscribers will have access to. Hint: it’s pretty much everything.
The best new features of the Xbox One, including its in-game DVR and Skype will require Gold accounts to access. Understandably, many people are upset that Microsoft is choosing to charge people for services offered by other companies.
We’ve all come to terms that we pay to play online with Microsoft — its online service is top tier and I don’t mind paying for excellence. But Netflix? We already pay Netflix for Netflix. Why do we have to pay for Gold accounts when we just spent $500 on your console? Skype? I can download it for free on my phone. Why would you charge people to access a lesser Skype experience on their consoles and TVs? It’s just….greedy.
The only thing Microsoft should be charging for is online play and anything associated with online play, such as Smart Match. Everything else should be free to use for the people who paid $500 for a set-top box and not an online gaming machine.
It feels like a slap in the face to read this on the official Xbox.com page:
Xbox Live Gold is your ticket to the most exciting social entertainment network in the world on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Experience unrivaled multiplayer for the hottest exclusive games, HD movies and TV shows, live events, music and sports. Along with premiere entertainment apps, Internet Explorer and Skype on your TV. With Xbox Live Gold, you can stay connected with friends, family and more than 48 million Xbox Live members around the world.
And your Xbox Live Gold membership extends across Xbox 360 and Xbox One. So if you are an existing Xbox Live Gold member, you are good to go.
You can check out the rest of the Gold-only features here.