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Let’s not forget about the Xbox Gold sharing

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One of the best announcements made at the Microsoft conference at E3 was that starting soon, still no timeline, families will be allowed to share the Xbox Gold access across members.

For me personally this is a big deal as I have a full Xbox Gold membership on my profile but there is no way I’m paying for a membership for both my kids.

But now when they play only some of the XBLA games are open to them and for others they need to log in on my account to experience the full title. This is partly from my last Xbox being stolen and licensing issues and partly because of the Gold being linked to only my profile.

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They also cannot play online or voice chat unless they are logged in as me.

Microsoft has now stated that this will stop and moving forward if one member is paying for Gold then everyone on the console will be able to experience the benefits of it.

Good move Microsoft.

Last Updated: June 12, 2013

59 Comments

  1. Spathi

    June 12, 2013 at 09:50

    Agreed. Well done Microsoft.

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  2. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 12, 2013 at 09:54

    is this between your specified 10 family and friends members?

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 12, 2013 at 10:01

      I wonder how they’re going to check if BillyBob is really my cousin? Or if xxStealthNinjaSniperxx is really my dad?

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 12, 2013 at 10:04

        When you register your family members on the Xbox One, you have to provide a stool and blood sample. MS will then proceed to verify that they are your family.

        As for your friends, Kinect 2 will have to check your pinkie finger to see if you still have the pinkie finger bond of friendship with your friend

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        • Unavengedavo

          June 12, 2013 at 10:07

          Or the Kinect will use facial recognition to determine if you share the same features as your parents… It would be awkward if it detects the mailman as your father…

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          • That Tall Twit

            June 12, 2013 at 10:07

            Bwahaha!!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 12, 2013 at 10:09

            ROFLMAO!!!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 12, 2013 at 10:13

            OUCH!….”mommy…why is Xbox One calling the mail man father?”..poor lil Elijah

          • Happy Hamster

            June 12, 2013 at 10:23

            Wonder what will happen when you reside in Redneck County how many cousins were part of the “deed” hahahaha

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 12, 2013 at 10:25

            This here is ma cousins, Slim Bob, Slimey Joe, Rolling Joe-Bob, Sue-Leigh-Jean, Happy Bob, Jimbo, Bucktooth Sam, Uncle Roland, Black Bobby, Curly-Sue, Sarah-Lynne and Slappy McCheese.

          • Happy Hamster

            June 12, 2013 at 10:27

            i have 3 daddy’s 2 mamma’s and my sister is actually ma cousin

          • Weanerdog

            June 13, 2013 at 09:47

            So in the events after a Red-Neck wedding the groom comes running out of his room. Pa! Pa! Mary-Sue is a virgin.
            Pa: Well that does it Billy-Bob, if she ain’t good enough for her family she ain’t good enough for ours.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 12, 2013 at 10:37

            Lawl!.Cousins…cousins everywhere

      • Rinceyouropinion

        June 12, 2013 at 10:17

        Or if foxhound is really YOU!? 0-O

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          June 12, 2013 at 10:21

          Not even M Night Shyamalan could put in such a jaw-opening and dramatic twist. Most likely I’m Hammersteyn. Same writing style, same passionate desire to see PS4 succeed. Same love for funny pictures.

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          • Rinceyouropinion

            June 12, 2013 at 10:29

            Hahahah! Oh, I don’t know, Shyamalan is known to be quite inconsistent. I just wonder where Foxhound is, he hasn’t been around since SONY raped MS, in the eye, with a kinetic. EDIT. I see he is back, and even after all the buzz about how SONY killed MS, is going on about how brilliant MS is. Man, what a fanboy.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 12, 2013 at 10:30

            Don’t be so hard on the kid. Clearly he really likes the xbone, and to see the bone demolished at E3 must have left him scarred, deflated and saddened.

      • Weanerdog

        June 13, 2013 at 09:44

        No Jim … I am your Father

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  3. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 12, 2013 at 10:00

    As they say, sharing is caring, but when that sharing can only be done once… someone is going to feel a little unloved… πŸ™

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  4. Trevor Davies

    June 12, 2013 at 10:12

    It makes sense, why should different people who use the same console each pay to play online with that console.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 12, 2013 at 10:23

      I wish they had that for the xbox 360. I never really saw the need for a family to have multiple xbox accounts. (Very greedy if you ask me)

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  5. Sageville

    June 12, 2013 at 10:19

    So, thats the shiney side of the polished turd.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 12, 2013 at 10:40

      Glistening in the sunlight…. πŸ˜›

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  6. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    June 12, 2013 at 10:20

    Well that is a postive indeed. Good move.

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  7. Jakster

    June 12, 2013 at 10:27

    Old news, is old. This was confirmed 3 weeks ago.

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  8. Jakster

    June 12, 2013 at 10:29

    Does the same apply to the new PSN+?

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 12, 2013 at 10:30

      Yep, it was confirmed at E3. You only need one PSN+ account and all the subaccounts on your console will work online.

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      • Jakster

        June 12, 2013 at 10:34

        Good on them, sucky to have to pay for MP yet it’s free on PC. Console gamers are getting milked. Banana flavour in your case.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          June 12, 2013 at 10:36

          That’s true, I am saddened by PSN going the XBL route, but on the other hand, PS+ has stepped up, and the monthly free games (new games to boot) keeps my sub up.

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  9. Jakster

    June 12, 2013 at 10:37

    I’m not expecting an Xbox One hands-on from this site. Sponsored by Sony for E3, over run by 12 year old PS4ndroids.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 12, 2013 at 10:39

      I hope LG does get some hands on with the xbox one, but I’m sure it’ll be an unbiased report. These guys have come a long way from merely being “gamers with a blog”. They’re now truly one of the premier gaming news sites in Africa (if not the top).

      PS: Ok Gavin, you can mail me my cheque πŸ˜›

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      • Skyblue

        June 12, 2013 at 13:13

        If he pays you, drinks are on you this friday

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        • Double-O-Six and a half

          June 12, 2013 at 15:03

          Banana Daiquiri anyone?

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      June 12, 2013 at 10:40

      OBJECTION!
      Obviously they will have a hands-on … they have been reporting on all consoles.

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      • Unavengedavo

        June 12, 2013 at 11:19

        Hands on xbone…

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    • Brady miaau

      June 12, 2013 at 11:15

      The people who run the site have their own opinions, which they are entitled to.

      But they also demonstrate the ability to clearly and honestly review something, perhaps out of their comfort zone or even something they pre-judged. This is just good journalism, pure and simple.

      Also Gavin stated in a previous article that if was his own money, he does not think he would buy, but that the Site is getting one for review purposes.

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      • Rinceyouropinion

        June 12, 2013 at 16:34

        Agreed. There have also been many positive things mentioned by the team in regards to the Xbox One. The only gripe I have heard is in regards to the DRM and swapping of games. This is something MANY have commented on too and in the context of South Africa, SHOULD be raged against.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      June 12, 2013 at 16:26

      We’ve got some hands on articles coming up.

      So far the guys on the ground are quite positive about the Xbox One… But remember we have to be given the opportunity before we can really review it

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  10. Khulani Ndlovu

    June 12, 2013 at 10:45

    Great, someday wil enjoy this when i happen to get an Xbox One, πŸ˜‰

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    • Brady miaau

      June 12, 2013 at 12:40

      Yeah, am starting to feel the same way. Perhaps one will fall out of the sky for me?

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  11. Tbone187

    June 12, 2013 at 11:10

    Wow! I’m blown away, I need an Xboxone coz it’s so inconvenient for my family to simply use my login…sigh! This should’ve been a given from the start…Why show it off like a feature now…

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  12. trees

    June 12, 2013 at 12:36

    what happens when your kid steals your game, takes it to school and lets a friend borrow your game hmm?

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    • Brady miaau

      June 12, 2013 at 12:39

      you speak to your kid about honesty and explain there is a different way to do these things? πŸ™‚

      Sorry, could not resist.

      Yes, your point is taken. Perhaps you, as primary user or owner, must approve said person as “valid and legal entity, allowed to use this game”?

      Reply

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