To follow up on our previous article, Microsoft did confirm that it will remove the Gold Membership requirement for apps like Netflix and Hulu.
Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more.
Also as of June, the Xbox One will be available for purchase for $399 but will not include the Kinect. A stand-alone Xbox One Kinect will be available for purchase as of Fall; the price is yet to be determined. I have a feeling that buying both seperately will be more expensive that the current $499 bundle.
Next on the list are more perks for Gold Members which includes free game downloads and deals on games.
Members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars. The program will launch on Xbox One with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.”
Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.
Here are all the perks in the a neat graph:
Microsoft is clearly trying to be more competitive and appeal to a more casual audience. Let's see what else they have in store during their E3 conference.