Microsoft planning to drop Xbox Live Gold requirements to use streaming apps

Posted on 14 May 2014
By Ashleigh Panther
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News has emerged from Microsoft that they are planning to drop the Xbox Live Gold requirements in order to enjoy online streaming apps such as Netflix or Hulu Plus.

Paying for Xbox Live Gold is needed for users to enjoy streaming apps, internet explorer and to be able to play online with other gamers and this is something that Microsoft users have always complained about.

Long before the Xbox One was released, Microsoft users felt the charge to use online facilities was always a burden and left gamers feeling slightly taken advantage of.

Microsoft prides itself on having the best ‘living room accessory’ consoles with access to the best online streaming apps on offer but with them being behind a paywall, fans have always felt it is a bit of a kick in the teeth.

Paying to use online services has never been a requirement for other consoles such as the Sony Playstation 3/4 or Nintendo consoles such as the Nintendo Wii or Wii U.

So if you are the only company on the market who isn’t providing something to customers that your competitors are, it is only the right thing to do in changing your ways.

There has been no set list of what apps will be brought past the paywall and made available to all users but it will no doubt be streaming apps such as Netflix.

Although there has been no set date at which this change will be announced, fans are guessing it will be during the E3 Keynote speech on June 9th.

And although these apps will be free from Microsoft’s side, users will still have to pay the charge for each individual service such as Netflix account fees.

For now, Xbox Live Gold is still completely necessary for playing online and for using streaming apps but if this news is to be believed, it won’t be for long.