New Xbox Gold Account Exemptions Won’t Include MMOs
Playing MMOs and free-to-play games still requires Gold subscription on Xbox hardware.
That at least, is the message from Xbox head Phil Spencer who spoke briefly on the subject while being questioned about a recently announced softening of policy that will allow video services to be accessed on Xbox hardware without a previously required Gold account. Spencer made it clear that these plans currently do not extend to MMOs and free-to-play games.
“Right now we haven’t changed the policy on MMOs and free-to-play games,” he said. According to Spencer, the company’s decision to retain its current policies are a result of “engineering constraints, policy constraints and partner constraints” that limit the company’s ability to remove the wall blocking players with a Gold subscription from accessing all available titles.
This policy has, of course, thrown Microsoft and the Xbox One into contrast with the PS4 and Sony which, in several cases, has already made exceptions to its rule requiring a PlayStation Plus account to play the console online. That being the case, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft continues to maintain this policy. After all, if Microsoft’s Games for Gold program can take more cues from PS Plus, who’s to say its online pay wall can’t read a few pages from the PlayStation book too?