Xbox to charge for features

Xbox to charge for features

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Microsoft’s Xbox One console, to be released in the next three months, will attract an annual subscription for its key features.

The features include the recording and sharing of gameplay videos, finding gaming opponents and Skype calls and will see users pay US$60 to activate an Xbox Live Gold account.

The Live Gold account will also be needed for owners to access features such as online multiplayer gaming, browsing the web via their TV and to watch streaming services including Netflix at a cost of US$5.

“Games with Gold free games offer available 6/10/13-12/31/13 for qualifying paid Gold members only,” the company said in a statement.

“Xbox 360 games (selected by Xbox) available for free download from Marketplace only during specified half-month window; available games may vary by country. Some titles may only be available for download by account holders 18+. Kinect and/or hard drive required for some games.”

The console will record a sample of a player’s game play for the last five minutes as a way to make it easy to share key moments.

Through OneGuide and SmartMatch  the Xbox will automatically know what TV shows and YouTube videos to match and will also automatically link players of similar ability.

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