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Home Gold confined to one console; MS confirms points replaced with cash


Microsoft has confirmed that it'll replace its Gold Family Pack with individual Xbox Live Gold memberships in order to prepare for new upcoming features on Xbox Live Gold. 

Replacing Family Gold is the new Home Gold feature on Xbox One, which on a single Xbox Live Gold membership will allow anyone in the home to enjoy some but not all of Xbox LIVE's Gold features such as multiplayer and access to Gold entertainment apps.

Unfortunately, unlike the Gold Family pack, the Home Gold feature will be limited to one console, therefore if someone in your household has a separate Xbox One or even a separate Xbox 360 then you'll will need to buy another Xbox LIVE Gold membership in order to access Gold services on that console.

As an example, Xbox LIVE Gold for a family of four now costs £40x4 for each individual, in other words £160, whereas before it'd cost around £60.

The Family Gold pack offered a significant saving for families, so it's a shame to see it go.

In other news, Microsoft has confirmed that transactions on Xbox will soon take place using your local currency instead of Microsoft Points. After the next Xbox 360 system update, when you next choose to initiate a purchase or redeem a Points card or code with your Microsoft account, Microsoft will put into your account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the marketplace value of your Microsoft Points. Your Microsoft Points will be retired, and you’ll immediately be able to use your new funds, in addition to other current payment methods available in your region.

Microsoft Points codes you received as part of Xbox Live Rewards, promotions, or contests will retain their original expiration dates after your account transitions. 

Edited On 10 Aug, 2013

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troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 3 years ago
I wonder, do Microsoft take any of their ideas to real world focus groups to see how real people would react to them? Killing family gold is going to piss off a lot of people. That added to the fact that 90% of the stuff you can do on Xbox requires a gold subscription, Microsoft are truly trying to alienate their whole install base huh?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Well I know a few familys that will be a bit annoyed with that
superniceguy's avatar
superniceguy 3 years ago
Further info on points is that you have to use the funds they transfer to currency by June 2015. Also they will issue new Xbox Gift Cards (denominated in your local currency) which will be available through online retailers’ websites and in local retail stores starting in late 2013. I have a bad feeling about the points changing to currency. I think we (EU / non US) will end up paying more with currency than with points. Points can be the same worldwide but I bet they will boost the price for GBP and add in VAT, conversion charges and whatnot. A few years ago play.com were selling 2100 points for £15 each, and other retailers were able to do deals on them too, but I doubt they will be able to sell £20 gift cards (for example) for anything less than £20 now. Even atm 2100 points on here cost £17, but 2000 points when buying on the MS store cost the same, so if you buy from here you get 100 points free each time.
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Artemisthemp 3 years ago
So does I understand this correct? You will need to buy Xbox Live Gold for 360 and One, if you wish to play Online?
Whitey's avatar
Whitey 3 years ago
No, you can use the same sub, this is just on about the family thing where you buy gold and other tags can use it on your console.
Shoxy85's avatar
Shoxy85 3 years ago
The whole idea about getting things for actual money instead of points makes perfect sense and seems a fairly flawless idea. Problem is, it's Microsoft and they'll find a way to screw it up and annoy customers.
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clubpit 3 years ago
The email from Microsoft was a corker, they'd worded getting rid of the family pack (and therefor making me buy 5 individual Xbox Live subscriptions) as an improvement to the service. Took a couple of reads before I realised they were in fact stiffing me. All it did was further my resolved to move the family (and our five consoles) all over to the PS4 for the upcoming generation. It's not just something limited to us gaming fanatics on sites like this either, word from my kids school which is predominately Xbox360 this generation is that all the kids are planning to go PS4. If general gamers are thinking along these lines, as the anecdotal evidence seems to indicate then Microsoft have really screwed the pooch.
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phatpipe 3 years ago
Two consoles in my house both xbox 360. Next gen both will be PS4 I can tbelieve MS are still trying to screw us even after the reaction from the launch of the XBO
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
No justification can make this new Home gold a good thing unless the family shares a single Xbone, which is really against most companies interests for wanting as many sales as possible. With regards to real world currency it's a good idea as long as they allow people to add exact amounts instead of having like 46 points left over from a 2100 card, problem is that they have already started marking up prices for beta testers giving people the equivalent cash from their stored points but making things that cost x points be more expensive.
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 3 years ago
It does make you wonder how this 10 people game sharing was going to work. I would guess the uturns have cost microsoft a fair whack of money so are just coming up with different ways to get more money from customers to claw some of it back.
Johno Muller's avatar
Johno Muller 3 years ago
That game sharing feature would have been awesome for co-op games.
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 3 years ago
Yeah it would of Johno I just dont think it would of worked the way everyone thought it was going to work.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
The 10 people game sharing was 1 hour demos
Johno Muller's avatar
Johno Muller 3 years ago
With notifications every 5 minutes to tell you have to check in within x amount of time. Like with current DL games if your internet drops.
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 3 years ago
Was that confirmed Nox or you taking an educated guess as that would sound more like microsoft.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
The most popular rumor and the one that makes the most business sense since 10 copy's for the price of one doesn't make a lick of sense
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Though they had said it was not going to be demos and that they were going to to work with a way to still have the family sharing http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/06/21/on-xbox-ones-social-network-canceled-family-share-demos
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Course they would say that. Bottom line is that Family Sharing didn't make any business sense (Unless it was a paid service)
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
No doubt there would have been loads of rules and stipulations to it.
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superniceguy 3 years ago
The thing with points is and having some left over is not that bad if you plan on keep using the service, but if you want to make a one off purchase it would suck. The prices will probably reflect the cost of points when buying direct from MS like 2000 points cost £17, so for example Minecraft currently costs 1600 points, so after the conversion it will probably cost £13.60 (GBP). Now I can get 4200 points for £33, so if I buy that, then Minecraft would cost me £12.57 saving me £1.03. Now after the conversion I will get the choice of buying it for £13.60 in one go and have nothing left over or buy a gift card for say £20 to top up account with funds and then have some left over (£6.40). The latter will only be worth it if the stores will discount the new gift cards like they do with points, if they can not be discounted then things will be worse off.
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superniceguy 3 years ago
or it could be worse if Minecraft costs more than £13.60, then that means they factored in more fees to the conversion rates. In the recent mega sales the EU prices in GBP seem worse off than the USD prices.
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Whitey 3 years ago
The shared games were not demos, the other people had full access to the single player side of the shared games, just not online, and only 1 person could play it at a time, along with you.

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