In addition to the Kinect-free Xbox One for $399, Microsoft today also announced it is dropping the Xbox Live Gold subscription requirement for entertainment apps on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The change will go into effect in June.
Microsoft’s use of the word “entertainment” refers to gaming apps (like Machinima, Twitch, and Upload), video services (like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV, and HBO GO), sports experiences (like NFL, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, and NHL Game Center), as well as the company’s own apps (Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive, and OneGuide). Over 170 apps are affected, including the following ones Microsoft wants to highlight:
Microsoft notes that some apps, including Netflix, Hulu, NFL, ESPN, NBA, and NHL may require their own subscriptions “and/or additional requirements.” On May 12, Ars Technica first reported that Microsoft will be making this change. Now that the company has confirmed it on May 13, we’ll keep you posted when exactly next month the Gold requirement is dropped.