We may just have some Xbox One news that could set to be a massive game changer for the future of Xbox Live. Reports are coming in suggesting that Netflix and Hulu without Xbox Live Gold membership could be one of the planned announcements at E3 2014.
As most of you are well aware, using Netflix and Hulu on Xbox One or Xbox 360 at the moment requires an Xbox Live Gold membership. It has been a big problem for Xbox owners, especially given that PS3 and PS4 owners do not need a PS Plus subscription.
It’s also a problem that the Xbox Live paywall is there when usually you can watch the exact same Netflix and Hulu content on other set top boxes such as Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV for free – with individual subscriptions separate to Xbox of course.
Now though, we could have the news that you have been waiting for. Sources within Ars Technica suggest that the removal of the Xbox Live Gold membership paywall is coming this Summer and is a direct result of the Xbox Live changes that are being made now that Don Mattrick is not in charge of overseeing all things Xbox.
We’ve heard in the past that some Xbox fans moved over to the PS4 for next-gen, specifically due to the Netflix restriction requiring a Gold membership. If Microsoft are planning to make this change soon, then it is going to make a lot of users happy indeed.
On a side note, it will also be interesting to see what other changes will be made to the Xbox Live Gold feature list if Netflix and Hulu requirements are removed.
What is your reaction to this, if confirmed to be true?