According to a report from ArsTechnica, Microsoft is preparing to make some changes to Xbox Live, dropping the requirement of a Gold membership to access Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming apps on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
As ArsTechnica notes, anything is subject to change this close to E3. It’s possible Microsoft may add some new services behind the paywall.
With the title of Microsoft’s E3 conference currently named “Game On,” it’s very likely this won’t be mentioned at the conference. There’s also the matter of Sony and Nintendo already allowing this functionality for free – Microsoft is playing catch up and may not be too excited to advertise it.
With Microsoft’s desire for the Xbox One to be a media hub for the living room, this is a good move for the company, and pulling things aside from multiplayer and service-specific features out from behind the paywall is going to make their new system that much more tempting.