In a string of unfavorable reports against Microsoft’s Xbox One post-reveal, a bit of good news comes from the company’s corporate vice president.
According to Phil Harrison, who recently spoke to Polygon, the Xbox Live Gold membership you carry today will apply to both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.
“If you have an Xbox Gold membership today for 360 and you buy an Xbox One, your membership applies to both systems,” Harrison said. “You don’t have to get another subscription.”
“Anybody who has usage privilege on that machine can use it,” meaning multiple members of a household will be able to share a single account.
Microsoft’s Ben Kilgore added that though memberships can be shared, individual users will have access to their own friends lists and other personalizations.
He said, “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.”
On the topic of friends, Kilgore mentioned that it is still “something that’s under development right now.” Latest rumors suggested that the Xbox One would adopt a one-way relationship system, à la Twitter or Google+, but Microsoft is still working to determine “who your true two-way relationship friends are.”
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