Microsoft's digital Xbox One future may be in shambles, but some portions of their policies remain. Today CPO Mark Whitten detailed the next-gen console's policy regarding digital library and Xbox Live Gold subscription sharing. While it's not like friends will be able to borrow games like was part of the initial plan, gamers will be pleased to know that where ever they log in with their account, their library and Gold subscription will follow.
What the policy boils down to is a two part system where a gamer's purchases and subscriptions are associated both with their account and also a designated "Home Console." Xbox 360 owners may recognize this as the way marketplace purchases work, except 360 digital games will be associated with the console they're initially bought on as well as the account that makes the purchase. With Xbox One it won't matter where the purchase is made, the game will be tied to this "Home Console" and the account, not the console where the purchase is made.
Similarly, the Xbox Gold subscription will follow a player's account around. Visiting a friend that doesn't have Xbox Live Gold? Any account that logs in and has a Gold subscription will share it with all other players. That includes access to multiplayer as well as entertainment applications like Netflix. Other benefits, like television DVR, are left unaddressed, but are very much unlikely.
The other side of this is if someone logs out of their home console and logs in at, say, a friends house. What if Mom wants to watch Netflix, brother wants to play multiplayer, and Dad wants access to Capybara's new game Below? All good, because both the Gold subscription and the digital library will continue to be accessible on the Home Console.
All in all, Microsoft's doing it's best to make digital ownership accessible on their new platform. Yet there's still the issue of requiring a Gold subscription for so much of the Xbox One's features. However, if you meet those two requirements Microsoft still believes are pillars of their digital future -- a gold subscription and a constant internet connection -- you won't have any problem at all.
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