Microsoft has revealed that a handful of featured apps on their next-gen Xbox One console will be behind the Xbox Live Gold subscription, including the Game DVR system that allows players to record footage directly through the console.
A splash page on the official Xbox website
showcases the features put behind the paywall, including the recently announced SmartMatch system that will offer unique matchmaking for multiplayer. Previous Xbox 360 Live Gold apps like multiplayer, Internet Explorer and the free monthly games will also make a return on the Xbox One. Oddly though Skype appears to be behind the Xbox Live Gold requirement, something which is currently free to use on a number of platforms.
A Microsoft representative has confirmed to One Hit Pixel
that those not opting for the Gold subscription will be unable to record any game footage using the DVR built-in, stating that "Game DVR features will be available to Xbox Live Gold members only."
Microsoft's Xbox One is expected to be released sometime in November of this year, at a price point of $599.
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PS4 owners won't require a PlayStation Plus subscription to use the console's video capture features.
Posted 08:16am 09/8/13
Xbox Live Gold on the 360 was hardly a dud with no uptake. Numbers in April show that they have 43m active subscriptions.
Posted 10:01am 09/8/13
Love it or hate it though, its obviously a business model that works so I wouldn't be expecting it to go away.
Posted 10:36am 09/8/13
It worked in the past, and it will work again because ppl see it as normal to be charged for what is otherwise free on other systems.
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I'm not exactly sure what "instant game collection" means. I believe Netflix, party chat and the DVR are outside of PSPlus.
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Either way I guess this is likely to be immaterial to most people, especially in Australia given we can't access Netflix etc from our consoles anyway.
Edit - Instant Game Collection is in reference to the fact that with PS Plus you get a bunch of free games every month with your subscription, you have access to all of them while you still have a valid sub. This was one of the key features of the PS Plus subscription as multiplayer was always available for free on the PS3. I think Microsoft is doing the free game thingo too now.
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