Friday, August 9, 2013

Xbox One set to allow limited sharing of Xbox Live Gold and digital games and how it will work for you.

Written and Edited by Lynn Gerena ( Ashe Darkthorne )

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Microsoft has announced that perks made available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be accessible to every user of that home's Xbox One console.

 

 

box_large_xboxoneboxAt the start of the Xbox One publicity, Microsoft announced family sharing where you can share with at least 10 friends and family members your digital library.

After the bashing Microsoft took that made them do a complete 180 on what they originally intended we lost out on that “Family Share”. Well seems as though Microsoft is thankfully bringing a version of it to the console.

The new Game Sharing is called Home Gold and what it will allow you to do is the following. As long as the owner of the Xbox One is a Gold subscriber then any other person in the house who has their own account can get access to all the gold functionalities  such as online multiplayer and apps as well as the DVR functionality.

So think of it as a “Gold Family package” without the extra gold accounts attached.  Very smart thinking for a household as mine where not only I have my gold account but my wife and little ones have their own accounts and now will be able to play without worry. Also if you visit someone who does not have Gold and you bring your account with you then you will still be able to access all your Gold features from their Xbox for as long as you are logged in.

This all also takes effect to digital versions of Xbox One games. If you buy an Xbox One game digitally everyone who has an account on that machine will be able to get access to the game at anytime regardless if the person who bought the game is signed in.Similarly, every game you've purchased digitally will be available to you on any Xbox One that you sign in on.

 

I know it’s not the game sharing that was mentioned at the start but I must say it is a positive step in the right direction. Especially if you have more than one user in the household and don’t have to worry about rebuying a game for each person who is in house.

So what do you guys think of the new Gold and Game sharing for the Xbox One? Does it suit you and your family or do you play alone and this has no impact for you. Let us know in comments below.

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