Microsoft offering XBox Live Gold refunds
May 15, 2014 // 1:08 p.m.
Microsoft is offering refunds for its Xbox Live Gold service once it no longer becomes a requirement for certain online features.
Up until now, in order to use apps like Netflix, Twitch or HBO Go online, Xbox 360 and Xbox One users were required to have an Xbox Live subscription. Earlier this week, head of Xbox Phil Spencer was announced that this dependency will be dropped in June.
Anyone who had purchased Xbox Live Gold membership before June 9 will be able to cancel and receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days they have left on their subscription. Refund requests need to be made before the end of August.
June is also when the new cheaper Xbox One bundle launches with the Kinect absent. This coupled with dropping the requirement of Xbox Live membership for using some of its online features suggests Microsoft is trying to improve the affordability of its new console.
Dropping the requirement for a subscription in order to use things like Netflix makes sense as the Xbox One has always been touted more as an all-round media centre rather than a pure gaming console.
Additionally, Microsoft has also poured investment into its Xbox Originals series of TV-like content which also launches in June. Microsoft will assumedly be keen to get as many people watching these as possible over its platform without the subscription hurdle to stop them.