Microsoft announced a few days back that the users of Xbox will not require the gold subscription in order to use the entertainment apps.
However, according to Phil Spencer, this stipulation is restricted to the apps only and all the MMOs or F2P games will require a gold subscription to play online including the upcoming game from Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls Online.
Right now we haven’t changed the policy on MMOs and free-to-play games due to engineering constraints, policy constraints and partner constraints in each one of these scenarios.
Not only will you have to pay the monthly fee for the Elder Scrolls Online; you will also have to pay for the gold subscription on the Xbox Live. On the other hand, PS Plus is not required to play the game on PlayStation 4.
Moreover, The Elder Scrolls Online was delayed on the consoles for six months after Zenimax decided to put all their effort in fixing the PC version.
Confirming that, Xbox Division Head Spencer said:
The announcement is about the entertainment applications being available to all Xbox Live members. It was really about going as fast as we could on the things that we completely controlled.
With so many major announcements out of the way before E3, one has to wonder what Microsoft has in store for us at their E3 conference next month.