With the advent of the Xbox One later this year, the Xbox Live memberships will be getting a makeover as well. Microsoft has announced that users’ current Xbox Live Gold memberships on their Xbox 360 will transfer over to their Xbox One. Inversely, if one waits to purchase Xbox Live Gold until the Xbox One, it will also work on the 360.
In an interview with Polygon, Microsoft’s Phil Harrison reported that “You don’t have to get another subscription”. He continued by stating “If you have an Xbox Gold membership today for 360 and you buy an Xbox One, your membership applies to both systems”.
Another shot of good news is that we will finally be able to use multiple gamertags under one Xbox Live Gold membership. No more logging into your brother’s/sister’s or dad’s/mom’s account to play games and subsequently missing out on gamerscore, etc. One membership has the whole family covered, even with different profiles for each family member.
Ben Kilgore of Microsoft told Polygon that even with multiple users, you will still have access to your own list of friends and everything associated with your account. Kilgore used a hypothetical scenario of a gamer and his/her and son to illustrate:
“We want to make sure that you and your son both have your own account. We want you log in to get your stuff and when he logs in to get his stuff. On that console, if you have Gold, he can use Gold as well.”
Since we will be able to use our Xbox Live Gold membership streamlined now, it opens up the ability for messaging as well. So, in other words, if you are online on your Xbox One you will still be able to communicate with your friend if they are on their Xbox 360. This will include party chat as well as regular messaging. And the answer to your next question is no. That’s right, I already know what your question is. Although games are saved to the HDD and playable via Cloud on Xbox One, you will not be able to play them if you log into your account on the Xbox 360. Sorry. The bits of the game contain programming code which will not allow this due to the backwards compatibility issue from the X86 processor. Hey, you gotta try, right?
Lastly is the multiple console issue. Although it has not been confirmed officially either way yet by Microsoft, it makes logical sense to believe multiple consoles will be allowed. This is just speculation after all, but if you can go to a friend’s house, log in to your tag and have all your data there, why wouldn’t it work in the next room of your house? Just make sure you have your tag on whatever console the Gold membership is downloaded on FIRST. If you go to another console in your house and enter your tag it should work. Microsoft could restrict it to consoles to prevent you from giving your tag to 50 friends I suppose, but a final answer will come at E3 or hopefully before.
Be sure to check back for all the updated information as it’s released.