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Xbox One: Home Gold sharing plan outlined for XBL

Friday, 9 August 2013 18:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has announced Home Gold which will allow Xbox Live Gold members to share their subscription with others on their home console.

According to Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten, Home Gold is tied to your Xbox Live Gold account and tethered to your console and gamertag. It will allow other users in the house to use multiplayer features, apps, Game DVR and other Gold features using their own gamertag.

“So how it works is, on your console, anybody else on the console, whether it’s a babysitter that’s come over or a friend or your family, can participate in all the experiences like they’re on Gold,” Whitten told Polygon.

“It’s with their gamertag so they’re not on your gamertag, you don’t even have to be there, they’re not messing up your gamerscore or your storage or your queues or anything like that. It’s their full account experience, but it really gets to take full advantage of many of the Gold features.”

Users can log-in to their account on another Xbox One console – whether in the home or out – and all of their digital content will travel with them as long as they are logged into their XBL Gold account – the same way Xbox 360 dealt with digital content licenses, etc.

“We didn’t want people to have to understand a specific set of rules around how gold works different from content,” said Whitten. “We just wanted it to be really simple. And we wanted to give that full advantage to people in your house that are coming in to use your console or your content, to be able to play that content in the full way.”

Existing Xbox Live Gold members will have the service extended over to Xbox One and users “can even be logged in to Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the same time.”

Home Gold will not be available to Xbox 360 owners and the Family Pack is not being resurrected.

Whitten said the Family Sharing option, which was announced and then scrapped by Microsoft when it dropped its online requirements, may return in the future – something Microsoft said previously.

“As we move forward, I think we will continue to refine the best way to make it work but I’ll say that it comes down to a pretty basic set of ideas,” Whitten said. “I just want, as much as possible, to replicate the experience that a typical family has with physical content with digital content.

“One of the things we discovered with some of the stuff we’ve done with our family stuff in the past is that it was too limited and didn’t fit enough family styles or where people were. We’re working across Microsoft to think about how do you manage family accounts and how do you both enroll in that family and how does that feel right and simple from a user perspective.

“The thing I don’t want is a whole bunch of complex UI that you have to do to both enroll in and manage a family. Part of that is what we’re doing with Home Gold, to make it very simple to cover a very large base case.

“It would be cool if I could still see my family’s content when I’m somewhere else and I can start playing that content, assuming no one else is playing it.”

Whitten also said Microsoft understands “physical disc exchange,” but at the same time it needs to be managed so sharing doesn’t turn into “some unbounded sharing club that isn’t fair for the game creators.”

There’s more on this through the link and Whitten has even explained it better over on Xbox Wire which you should really give a read.

Xbox One is expected sometime in November.

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27 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    They said this before, I think. Still… It’s nice to know, I suppose.

    Having said that, I’m not sure I’d ever want a babysitter to be touching my X1…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. bradk825

    Any extra cost to this?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. noamlol2

    so? PS+ will be the same on PS4

    and gold is such a rip-off

    #3 2 years ago
  4. MCTJim

    Yes Giga..this looks like clarity on the issue.

    Looks like its Roaming user profiles actually.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. zinc

    I think the removal of adverts from the dashboard of Gold members would be a nice move.

    Obviously this is not a huge issue for some, but I believe they cheapen an otherwise premium service.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Kreion

    @3 useful comments as ever, ever thought of not reading articles you don’t care about?

    It’s nice that this was clarified, there’s been a fair bit of unknown since they removed the always online.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. MFBB

    Once again Microsoft copies what Sony offers with the PS+ for PS4.

    All accounts on that console can use the features/online gaming if at least one of them is subscribed.

    Thatz great news for all Xbone gamers.

    Would be stupid if you had to pay for each account on the console.

    If they improve there subscibtion servive with more and better free games, discounts for dlc/full games, early betas etc…it will be the same as PS+ which every gamer loves.

    I will definately subscribe to Xbone gold or PS+ depending on which console I end up with.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Irani

    Great stuff, it finally seems like Microsoft are finally getting their act together. Recent information from Microsoft just keeps getting better and better, and it really feels like Microsoft are listening to their customers which is quite refreshing for such a large company

    #8 2 years ago
  9. _LarZen_

    More good news for the XBO. This console gen is going to be a really close and exciting one.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. sebastien rivas

    There is no copy or who does what first as long as it is benefiting the gamers, then the manufacturer understands its market.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    @G1GA
    Yeah this was said before back when family sharing was still in, good to hear it confirmed properly. It was always a bit of an oddity.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Irani

    Long Live Microsoft >>> Sony Go TO Hell

    #12 2 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    @5,11:

    Yeah, I thought that they had said it before.

    Should be nice to be ale to load another profile for some quick split-screen action without getting lots of ‘Can’t sign in to Xbox Live’ error messages, or have other people ruining my stats…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    Anybody who uses your console can obtain Gold membership? That’s a potential plus, and minus.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    As it should be, my Direct TV doesn’t care about who is holding the remote. Stuff like this should be a no brainer. But I was actualy beginning to wonder if with Kinects face recon ability it might shut down if it doesn’t see the Gold member in the room.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. zinc

    @14, Only as long as their using your console is how I read it. Once they log onto their own console, they revert back to their scummy, unwashed, silver status.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. gomersoul

    so they finally decide to offer the same as Sony, this is a turn up for the books. don’t buy into their sorry

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Professor Zoom

    400$ is pretty much for a fat console with a small amount of games, and a useless camera, I’d much rather keep my old 360 for many years and I will probably wait for a minimum of 3-5 years before even considering investing in a next gen console, because nothing really looks new. I don’t really feel that this isn’t something that couldn’t have been done 7 years ago, the controller could have been the same at that time, the graphics is still the same, the experience of the games is the same and 3D isn’t really getting utilized, there’s no reason to buy an Xbox just to watch TV shows instead of buying s satelite with all the great content you can find, that’s also something they should make consoles capable of before moving to next gen, they also need a new controller, that’s actually compatible with human hands, and the X1 controler is disappointing, my wrists hurt, when I’m playing like 30 minutes of intense multiplayer action with the 360 controller, they need to lower the price of the software I don’t want to pay insane 90$ for a game, which is actually the price where I live, when you can get great experiences on Google or App Store for like 4 or 5$. I wanna pay 30 or 35$. I also hope they have removed the region locked and DRM greedy crap, where you buy some digital DLC, and when you have moved to another country, you’re gonna have to buy a new license for that country, instead of it just working no matter where in the world you live.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Christopher Jack

    In other words any user on a console can play any digitally installed content, I believe just like the PS3 already does. Jeeze does this really need this much promotion?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. onlineatron

    am i going crazy or isn’t this old news? i swear it was said on stage at E3.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. redwood

    so you COULDn’t do that on the 360?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Christopher Jack

    Just to back up on #19, http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2013/06/11/one-playstation-plus-account-on-ps4-will-allow-other-accounts-to-play-online-on-same-console/
    Struggling to find official statements that current PS+ users can share their downloads with other account holders on the same console but find many users reporting that they can & do. No reason to suspect that it’ll change with the PS4.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. stretch215

    @22 You can already do that on the 360 as well.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @23, Really? I recall I couldn’t play Halo: CE if I wasn’t using the account I bought it on.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Lord Snow

    @24 Then it wasn’t bought on that console.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Christopher Jack

    @25, Yes it was.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. lookingglass

    Hell yes. XBL gold profile signed into Xbox One and the 360 at the same time?

    360 in the room, XBO on the 4K down stairs.

    #27 2 years ago

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    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]