Microsoft has always allowed multiple accounts to exist on the same Xbox and have even let you recover your account over at a friend’s house. However, up until now it required each account to have an Xbox Live Gold Account in order to be able to play online multiplayer and perform other activities. So while one account may have access to play games online, it made it impossible to play with a friend or family member should you choose to not go into a feature solo.
Enter “Home Gold”, a new feature revealed by Microsoft for Xbox One. This feature allows one account to retain all the features of the Gold membership and allows other accounts to have gold privileges should that account be logged in on their system. It appears that Microsoft will be requiring users to register to a “Home” machine which allows users on that home machine to access gold privileges even when the gold account is not logged in. For other consoles however, it is mandatory that the gold account be logged in to enable membership privileges. This is a step in the right direction for Microsoft, opening up more sociability among users, but may end up hurting their sales as it abolishes the need for multiple $60 gold account membership purchases.
Do you think this is a good move for Microsoft? Or will eliminating the need for multiple accounts hurt them more than help them? Let us know in the comments section below.