Rumors are flying around the internet about a few topics Microsoft didn’t cover in their E3 games fest! One of the major topics is how will Xbox Live work once the Xbox One is available to buy in November. Well it looks like they have some pretty major changes on the way, they claim to have “rebuild live from the ground up” and it has opened up some changes which all fans have been waiting to hear about.
Live is getting more social, to start with the maximum number of friends you are allowed to add has been extended to 1,000. The extension is great, maybe over the years, on the Xbox 360, you have managed to cap your list, well good news you can now add more, you greedy people! You contact list will now also be stored in the cloud so you can still access it from a friend’s house, it will also update your Xbox 360 friends list if you do decide to load up your old console, which I think is a nice touch.
Xbox One Live Monthly Fee
Xbox Live will remain free and will still provide a wide and varied back catalogue of gaming content and media, and the Gold price will not change, and to be honest I would be surprised to see a price increase for some time to come, your existing gold subscription will transfer across to your new console and you will be able to access your gold on the old Xbox too, which means at least you only ever need to pay for one subscription.
The Xbox One will require games purchased on disc to be installed, this installation is stored in the “cloud” which means if you visit a friend’s house and log in to live you will be able to play all of your games straight from his console without the disc. This includes saved games, trailers and other downloads. Your cloud storage space is unlimited and anything you save within the cloud will be accessible from any location. Q: Will Xbox Live remain the same on Xbox 360? Do you plan to continue improving the service on Xbox 360?
You have a choice with this, you can carry over your old Gamertag to your new console or if you choose you can create a new one, it all depends if you want a fresh start in the new world? Of course if you choose to keep your profile, which I am sure most will, you can carry over your achievements and Gamescore. Oh, and if you do decide to keep your Gamertag you can still carry on using it on your Xbox 360, so don’t worry about that either.
Microsoft have decided to put an end to points, and instead will sell in local currencies, I think this is a change that will be welcomed by most customers, it makes it much easier to understand what your spending and it means you don’t have to mess about with odd amounts of points which might be left over from your purchase. If you have points remaining you will receive a full refund calculated when this change takes place. It’s all due to happen when you can Buy Xbox One in Autumn 2013.
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