Multiple users can take advantage of Xbox Live Gold on a single Xbox One console through “Home Gold,” Microsoft revealed today.
Gold subscriptions will be tied to the console, meaning an “unlimited” amount of users on the same console can access Gold-required content, including online multiplayer, entertainment apps, and the new Game DVR feature.
“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,” Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc 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.” Whitten continued on to say all users will be able to “take full advantage of many of the Gold features.” It’s unclear if the service will be limited in any way for other users.
Users who sign into their gamertag on a separate console can download and use their digital content, like the Xbox 360 allows now. Other users cannot access the content stored on the console if the owner isn’t signed in.
The Xbox 360 will not receive the Home Gold service.
Microsoft also said the same gamertag on Xbox 360 and Xbox One can be signed in at the same time, though current troubles with simultaneous log-ins with Games for Windows Live makes us skeptical about the functionality.
After Microsoft’s poor messaging following the announcement of the console, today’s announcements are a sign of Microsoft taking the criticisms and delivering something much more clear.
“We didn’t want people to have to understand a specific set of rules around how gold works different from content , 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.”