Watching Netflix on the Xbox has always brought up the question, "What was Microsoft thinking?"
As any Netflix subscriber knows, you're already paying $7.99 a month (now $8.99 a month now if you're a new subscriber) to stream video. However, to install the Netflix app on Xbox, you needed an Xbox Live Gold membership.
Xbox Live is Microsoft's gaming subscription service and the Gold package costs $60 a year. So, you've already paid hundreds for the Xbox, dozens a year for Netflix and now you have to pay $60 a year on top of that.
Remember, the Netflix app is available for free on any other streaming, gaming or mobile gadget.
I imagine Microsoft assumed most people who buy an Xbox are gamers and would have a Gold account anyway. However, with the Xbox One being billed as an all-around home entertainment gadget, not just a gaming console, that thinking doesn't make sense anymore.
Microsoft seems to finally realize this. Starting in June, you no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to use the Netflix app, or any other entertainment app, on an Xbox One or Xbox 360. Xbox users rejoice!
At the same time, Microsoft has also started offering the Xbox One without the Kinect add-on at a price of $400, down from the usual $500 price. Microsoft is hoping this will help its flagging sales versus the $400 PlayStation 4 from Sony.
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