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Xbox One: Xbox Live Gold Benefits & Digital Games Can Be Shared Within The Household From A Single Account

Jonathan Lester
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Xbox One: Xbox Live Gold Benefits & Digital Games Can Be Shared Within The Household From A Single Account

'Home Gold' Scheme Revealed

Microsoft has announced that every member of a household can access Xbox Live Gold benefits on Xbox One, so long as one Gold account is registered on the system. Better yet, you can take your Gold perks and even digitally-downloaded games to a friends' house and share it with them while you're logged in.

UPDATE: I've tried to explain it a little more concisely.

Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten detailed the new Home Gold scheme on Xbox Wire, revealing that Gold Membership is tethered to a 'home console' as well as your user account. On this console, Xbox Live Gold membership benefits such as online multiplayer, Skype, DVR usage and NFL can be shared between all users, even if the single Gold member account isn't actually logged in. "It will enable any Xbox Live Gold member on Xbox One to extend many Gold features to others at no additional cost," he explained. "One Xbox Live Gold account delivering great benefits to everyone in the home."

"If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, an unlimited number of people can enjoy many benefits of Xbox Live Gold while they are using your Home Xbox One console. Friends and family will simply create their own account and gamertag and be able to enjoy Xbox Live online multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps.

"Even if you sign off, your friends and family can enjoy multiplayer gaming while they are playing on your Home Xbox One console."

Gold sharing also works if you log in at a friend's house. If they only have a basic free account, they (and any other accounts on their system) are treated as Gold members for the duration. However, users on your registered home system can still reap the benefits while you're away. "On Xbox One if you are an Xbox Live Gold member, you will be able to go to a friend’s house and play co-op multiplayer– even if your friend is not a Gold subscriber," Whitten elaborated. " Once you log in with your Xbox Live Gold account, everyone using that console can access multiplayer and entertainment apps for as long as you are logged in."

Digital game libraries will also be freely available to everyone on your home system or if you log in remotely. "Everyone in your home can share digital games with each other," he continued. "Your Xbox One can become your virtual game library filled with digital games that different people in the home bought. Anyone can pick any digital game on your Xbox One, sign in with their own gamertag and play – even if the owner is not signed in. Like physical media, you can also play many digitally downloaded games without being online, although experiences will be best when connected to the internet and Xbox Live. Finally, when you purchase a digital game, you can start playing even before the entire game downloads."

"Because your digital games go with you, you can also use and share digital games when you sign in to another console. And, if you happen to buy a digital game when you are signed in on your friend’s console, your game will also be available on your Home Xbox One console for anyone to use," Whitten concluded.

I daresay that many of our readers will take heart from this interesting news. What do you make of it?

UPDATE: Both Whitten and I could have done a better job of explaining this. As I understand it, here's the Home Gold 101:

  • An Xbox Live Gold member can designate an Xbox One system as their 'Home Console'
  • All accounts on this console are treated as Gold members, even if they're not (they can play online etc).
  • Also, they can access the Gold subscriber's digital games library, even if the Gold subscriber isn't actively logged in.
  • If the Gold member logs into their account on a different Xbox One (perhaps a friend's console), accounts on that system are treated as Gold members even if they're not - so long as the Gold member remains logged in.
  • Meanwhile, Home console accounts are still treated as Gold members, even though the original Gold member is logged in elsewhere..

Erm, right. I hope that's a bit clearer?

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ODB_69  Aug. 10, 2013 at 12:02

so what if you have 2 consoles in the house? Can you share benefits on that too?

Anarchist  Aug. 10, 2013 at 12:12

Wow. PhD required to understand.

From what I can work out, its almost exactly the same as it is now.

Except with the added benefit that everyone who uses YOUR console is also able to do online multiplayer gaming.

It's a nice extra, although ultimately worth not that much in £ values, as most people would just account share in that position instead of buying several gold accounts. Which is probably what MS are trying to avoid.

The cynic in me would possibly consider that MS are doing this to increase their 'subscriber' base for the advertising people. And would also consider that when all these extra people have signed up to live, established their own online presence, gamerpoints etc, that MS double back and require them to subscribe to gold for online multiplayer.

Anarchist  Aug. 10, 2013 at 12:16

so what if you have 2 consoles in the house? Can you share benefits on that too?

I'm guessing, from what I can understand, no. Not unless the person who has the gold subscription on the first console, is logged into the second console.

So in a way, possibly yes? Take the following scenario

Console A, Ben uses in his bedroom

Console B, Family use downstairs

If Ben signs up to xbox live gold on console B, and makes this his 'Home console'. He then logs out of it and goes back to his console, A and signs back in as him.

He then has gold access on his console, A, while he is signed into it.

The family then has gold access on console B, as it is bens 'Home' console.

It wouldn't work with three consoles, but two, yes.


asdaf  Aug. 10, 2013 at 12:42

This is the good news I was waiting to be confirmed before finally pre ordering the Xbox one.

Late  Aug. 10, 2013 at 13:20

Complicated, but sounds good.

JonLester  Aug. 10, 2013 at 16:01

UPDATE: Wow, Whitten made a mountain out of a molehill... and so did I. After reading that back, I've written up a concise bulletpoint explanation that should hopefully be easier to understand! Hopefully.

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