Xbox One: digital game and Live Gold sharing explained

Microsoft has laid out its policies for digital game sharing on Xbox One. And, it isn't too different from what's available now on Xbox 360 and PS4.

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Microsoft has laid out its policies for digital game sharing on Xbox One. And, it isn't too different from what's available now on Xbox 360--and what's available on PS4.

Like Sony's next-gen console, you'll nominate one console to be your "Home" system. Anyone can login with their Gamertag and play digital games downloaded onto your Home system--even if you're not logged in. And like on PS4, you'll be able to start playing games before the entire game downloads.

If you're on the go, you'll be able to access your digital library, but that content will only be accessible if you're signed in, a post by Marc Whitten explains.

And as mentioned during E3, Xbox Live Gold benefits can be shared as well. Like digital games, your "Home" system will grant Gold benefits to anyone that logs onto that system, even if you're not logged in. However, if you log onto another system, you'll be able to grant Gold status to everyone on that system--so long as you stay logged in, of course.

So while certain features of Xbox One may be locked behind the Gold pay wall, it'll be easy to circumvent. Just ask your friend to swing on by and watch Netflix together.

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    August 9, 2013 1:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Xbox One: digital game and Live Gold sharing explained.

    Microsoft has laid out its policies for digital game sharing on Xbox One. And, it isn't too different from what's available now on Xbox 360 and PS4.

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      August 9, 2013 1:39 PM

      The biggest takeaway from today's announcement, is your Gold subscription applies to EVERY gamertag on your console now.

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        August 9, 2013 2:16 PM

        You sure about this ? For me it sounds just like it is now, if you have one gold membership on a particular console, this person downloading a game will make that accessible for everyone playing on that console, regardless of the others gold status or not. However that is quite different from actually letting everyone having gold status (online multiplayer etc) which is not possible today unless you each have separate gold accounts.

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          August 9, 2013 2:21 PM

          Sharing Xbox Live Gold Benefits

          At E3 this year, we briefly highlighted a new benefit we’re bringing to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. We’re calling it Home Gold. It will enable any Xbox Live Gold member on Xbox One to extend many Gold features to others at no additional cost. One Xbox Live Gold account delivering great benefits to everyone in the home.

          Here’s how Xbox Live Gold members can extend Gold benefits including multiplayer gaming, Game DVR, SmartMatch and access to entertainment apps and experiences, including The NFL on Xbox, Skype, Internet Explorer:

          At home. You can set up your console at home so that anyone who uses that console will enjoy multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps – even if you are not home or logged in.

          On the go. You can log in at a friend’s house and everyone there can enjoy multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps while you are logged in.

          At Home with Xbox One
          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.
          Friends coming over to play? No problem. They can log in with their own gamertag and play online multiplayer. Even if you sign off, your friends and family can enjoy multiplayer gaming while they are playing on your Home Xbox One console.

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            August 9, 2013 2:30 PM

            I'll be damned, I wonder how two consoles in one household will work, probably will require at least one gold/console. Anyway that would save me one of the three fucking full memberships I have now, if and this is a big if, I change my mind and choose XBONE-tvstation over PS4.
            Still I must commend them to make some things better than before.

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              August 9, 2013 2:51 PM

              mancides post explains it.

              You can set up one console so anybody can use your account (whether you're logged in or not), and on the second console anybody can use your account as long as you are logged in.

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      August 9, 2013 2:28 PM

      These wouldn't really be necessary as features if half of the abilities of the console weren't locked behind a paywall.

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