The Xbox maker will also kick off its Deals with ESO Gold and Games with Gold programs in June for Xbox One.Some of the moves made by Microsoft today–namely, dropping the Gold requirement for entertainment apps like Netflix and offering an Xbox One without Kinect for $399–appear to be attempts to erase the advantages the PlayStation 4 currently has. If the Gold requirement remains in place, that would be one area the PS4 continues to have an edge, as free-to-play games (like DC Universe Online) and subscription-based MMOs (like The Elder Scrolls Online) don’t require a PlayStation Plus membership in order to be played.
For the time being, at least; Microsoft has “about six months” to consider changing its policies, as the game was recently delayed for consoles. The developer was in talks with Microsoft back in August to cut the extra fees for The Elder Scrolls Online, which won’t be enforced by Sony via PlayStation Plus for PS4. “So today, the announcement is about the entertainment applications being available to all Xbox Live members,” Spencer said. One of Microsoft’s big announcements today was the restructuring of Xbox Live Gold; the company will now allow Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners to use entertainment apps like Netflix and HBO Go without requiring a paid Xbox Live subscription.
As Microsoft’s Phil Spencer clarified to Joystiq today, the latest in a series of “Xbox One-80s” doesn’t apply to free-to-play and subscription-based online games.”It was really about going as fast as we could on the things that we completely controlled.” Microsoft also announced today that it will begin selling the Xbox One without Kinect in June, which led to some mixed reactions from Dance Central developer Harmonix. Bethesda’s latest MMORPG, ESO Power Leveling, will still require a Gold subscription on top of the developer’s own monthly fees.