Microsoft may change its mind about the need for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access streaming services like Netflix and other media apps on its consoles (Xbox 360 and Xbox One). According to Ars Technica, several sources linked to the company claim that the requirement may fall soon.
Nothing official yet, and the information seems to come now due to the proximity of E3, in June, where the biggest companies in the gaming area should announce their most relevant news. It is possible that this is one of Microsoft’s announcements for the fair.
However, there is a possibility that Microsoft will begin to require a subscription to access other services. It remains to be seen, however, whether these “other services” include features that already exist on the platforms or whether they refer only to the exclusive series created by Xbox Entertainment Studios.
The publication mentions that the change of orientation would have been directly linked to the change of command of the Xbox division in the company since the departure of Don Mattrick. Today the area is run by Phil Spencer, who has even admitted that there were many mistakes in the Xbox One ad, which drove a large part of the audience away from the platform. Perhaps the signature requirement is one of these errors.
Neither Sony nor Nintendo charge for access to third party services, so if confirmed, the move would put the three on equal footing in this regard. Today, in addition to the R $ 16 per month of Netflix, for example, the user is obliged to pay R $ 90 per year to be able to access it on Xbox 360 or Xbox One.
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