Speculation: MS to announce the paywall removal at e3!

#21Enigma149Posted 5/13/2014 8:12:10 AM(edited)
CONFIRMATION:

http://news.xbox.com/2014/05/xbox-delivering-more-choices

Next, we’re bringing more value to Xbox Live Gold members and offering all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. In early June, here is what you can expect from the new generation of Xbox Live:

Free games with Games with Gold**. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 and as a thank you for helping shape this program, members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars. The program will launch on Xbox One with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Exclusive Discounts. Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, delivering discounts for great games each month, with significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.

Popular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Xbox 360 has been a leader in delivering entertainment experiences for years, with over 170 global entertainment apps and experiences available today. We’re constantly adding new partners and experiences to the growing catalog on Xbox One. Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more.*** Microsoft experiences including Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide will also be available to all Xbox customers.**** You can find a full list of apps and features that will be available below.

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#22Ryan-06Posted 5/13/2014 3:45:55 PM
darkphiresage posted...
SparkItUp posted...
NeoAnduril posted...
BBQMoosehead posted...
http://kotaku.com/report-xbox-will-stop-charging-you-to-watch-netflix-h-1575399746

Theyre doing it because they have to, not cause they want to.


Welcome to the world of capitalism. Competition is bad for companies but good for consumers. Being a consumer I like competition.


What would have been a positive reversal by Microsoft...turns into fail:

"If you think that's good news, hold tight; Ars also reports that, to compensate, "Xbox Live Gold may put other services behind the paywall to make up for this shift".


I read this part and wondered if anyone else caught it. But to be honest, what else can they put behind the paywall? It'd be a dick move to do it with skype or twitch. That's stuff you already paid for kinect for. What else isn't behind the paywall?


put the sign in behind a paywall! 0.99 to log into your profile each day! Lots of profit for MS indeed ^___^
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#23iamdanthamanPosted 5/13/2014 3:55:39 PM
TheGam3925 posted...
If the Xbox One was outselling the PS4, MS wouldn't even consider removing the paywall.


I'm an xbox fan. I haven't owned a Sony console since PS2, and I have a HTPC hooked up to my TV for media consumption, so I only use consoles for games, but I think that this is a very positive outcome for gamers.
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