Microsoft has issued formal notices detailing the changes to the Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack. All will come to an end on August 27th as part of a plan to make way for additional services on Xbox LIVE. The future of Xbox LIVE Gold on the Xbox One means that every individual account on a console can share the multiplayer benefits and other LIVE features without additional subscriptions. LIVE is changing for the better with Home Gold!
To ease the transition and to soften the blow for members who might not be getting an Xbox ONE (perhaps) a bonus is being offered. Microsoft will give each converted individual Xbox Live Gold membership 3 months of Xbox Gold in addition to any time remaining on your membership terms.
After your memberships have been converted, the only Gold Family Pack features that will no longer be available are activity monitoring reports and Microsoft Points allowances. Xbox Live family settings with parental controls will still be available.
Just to tease you with the wait for an Xbox One – why not watch the unboxing video just one more time!
Xbox has today announced “The Music Room” – a new interactive two-part series delivering the hottest up-and-coming bands direct to your living room, only on Xbox Live.
Hosted by Laura Jackson, the first show features a thrilling line up with special guest, former Libertines co-frontman Carl Barat, and performances from Everything Everything, Don Broco and Swim Deep.
Xbox Live Gold members can watch all the action on Wednesday, 29th May at 20.30 BST (UK TIME), plus enjoy live interactive polling which puts fans in the driver’s seat to determine the show’s finale in real-time. If you miss it don’t worry, you can watch highlights on catch-up including individual tracks and more. For a more detailed explanation The Music Room, check out the video above presented by Laura Jackson.
Stay tuned for news of the second show on 25th June, plus more exclusive entertainment events coming to Xbox Live soon.
EA Games, John Reseburg has told VentureBeat in an interview that future EA games would not require online passes which we are meant to believe is the outcome of fan-feedback! Since when did fans become more worth than the thought of all that extra cash! It has left us wondering about what EA could know about the online functions of next-gen consoles with this announcement coming within a week of Microsoft’s next Xbox unveiling.
“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass. None of our new EA titles will include that feature,” Reseburg explains. “Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format… We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”
I have come to the conclusion that with next-gen looming it might be a decision the company has had to make if Microsoft’s next Xbox perhaps renders the passes useless. EA’s Online Pass would be useless for two reasons; first being if on next-gen Microsoft takes a Sony approach and allows all multiplayer to be free (with paid access gaining use of Apps and messaging/party features). or secondly the long rumoured suggestion that all next gen games require a one-time activation code rendering used games useless anyway.
Are we really to believe EA has done something due to fan-feedback after all this time? Expect all new EA games which includes Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 to be Online Pass free. Maybe they have done the decent thing in a bid to gain more credibility with gamers – or maybe not?
When next-gen announcements are made, if it does render online passes useless anyway, we’ll keep you updated.
Not only is Xbox LIVE Gold ‘Free’ this weekend in the UK for non-subscribers, but it includes Double XP on Gears of War: Judgment, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3. If that’s not enough – if you’re yet to even own Far Cry 3 (or you shamefully traded it in) it has been marked down this weekend on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace to £14.99. Shockingly much cheaper than buying new at retail this weekend!
ThisisXbox rated Far Cry 3 9/10 in our review last year:
Ubisoft delivers an intense and action-packed open world first-person-shooter with the recently released Far Cry 3. Straight from the offset you are thrown into a turmoil environment where your survival instincts are tested against a deadly pirate warlord – your goal is primarily just to escape, and then the deeper, more consequential story begins as you pack yourself off on a journey of discovery.
Even though Far Cry 3 has Double XP this weekend, multiplayer functionality will be unlocked across all Xbox games, including recent releases…
…Have a great weekend ahead and look out for our review of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon which is out now on the Xbox LIVE Arcade.
Get ready for an unmissable weekend of gaming and entertainment with the next UK Gold Unlocked Free Live Weekend. From 12.00pm midday BST on Friday 3rd May until 23:59 BST on Sunday 5th May, enjoy multiplayer gaming with Gears of War: Judgment, EA SPORTS FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Spring Classic, Halo 4 and many more – all for free!
Football fans can take part in the EA SPORTS FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Spring Classic in-game tournament all weekend for the chance to win 1,000,000 in-game coins plus other prizes. Petrol heads should check out the Forza Rivals Mode events for both Forza 4 and Forza Horizon. On Halo 4, play a total of ten Spartan Ops or War games missions over the weekend and receive Double XP on your next ten missions!
The full list of online gaming also includes Double XP on Gears of War: Judgment, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3. Multiplayer functionality will be unlocked across all Xbox games, including recent releases such as Tomb Raider, so prepare yourself for an epic weekend of online gaming and entertainment with your friends on Xbox Live.
As Xbox Live continues to expand its offering of world leading entertainment apps, you can enjoy content from the likes of Now TV, LOVEFiLM and Netflix. If you’re in the mood for a blockbuster movie check out Jack Reacher and more on Xbox Video. Existing Gold customers will also be rewarded with TV Tokens to watch shows such as Breaking Bad, Being Human and Vampire Diaries on Xbox Video this weekend.
Fans are also invited to enhance their Xbox 360 game and entertainment experience with Internet Explorer, as well as Xbox SmartGlass which turns their phone or tablet into an intelligent second screen.
To try some of these exciting new features along with all the other existing Xbox Live Gold experiences for free, visit the Xbox Dashboard and log in to Xbox Live.
Popcornflix, the free (yes FREE) online digital movie platform is launching today its own branded streaming app on the Xbox 360. The Popcornflix app gives Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers access to hundreds of feature length films at no extra charge.
Popcornflix allows film fans to search movies by genre, actor or director, select from the latest in new arrivals, choose from the site’s most popular films or browse all of the movies. Films on Popcornflix feature work from some of Hollywood’s most popular actors, including Brad Pitt , Kristen Stewart , Alec Baldwin , Angelina Jolie , Ryan Reynolds , and many more. Each month, 30-40 additional feature length films will be added to the channel.
Popcornflix is an ad-supported platform free to viewers and is a service of Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a leading worldwide independent motion picture distribution company, and taps into its parent company’s library of thousands of motion picture titles.
It’s also Kinect enabled for controller-free browsing.
The Xbox Summer Stadium is LIVE from today and brings you an 8-week calendar of the best sports entertainment and gaming, including a season-long tournament and weekly challenges to celebrate the extraordinary human feats and historic events happening this Summer. Plus there’ll be a raft of prizes to win and even a Guinness World Record to smash from tomorrow! Continue reading Xbox Summer Stadium Kicks Off Today – FREE LIVE Weekend→
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