Xbox Live

Microsoft recently announced that it will no longer be requiring an Xbox Live Gold subscription for access to entertainment apps such as Netflix and Hulu. In June, Xbox Gold benefits will instead be channeled towards Games with Gold and online play. The media functionality of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One will be made available to all consumers regardless of whether or not they pay for a Live subscription. These changes will become active once the June update goes live, likely around the time of the Microsoft E3 press conference.

Current Xbox Live Gold subscribers can apply to receive a partial refund for unused days “between the date of cancellation and the date their Gold membership ends.” Such requests must be made before August 31, 2014 and will take about six to eight weeks to process. For players who aren’t playing online games, it’s a nice gesture on Microsoft’s part to encourage them to remain inside the Xbox ecosystem as much as possible.

Source:  Xbox Wire via Polygon