The Xbox One Entertainment Hub Will Be Great… If You Pay For It

One of the things that Microsoft focused heavily on during the Xbox One reveal press conference was the fact that the console is an “All-in-One Entertainment” hub to the complaints of the gaming community.  And with the release of the Xbox One upon us Microsoft has revealed that some of the more highly touted features are not available to consumers unless they pay for Xbox Live Gold.

Of course if you’re a gamer than there was already a great chance that you would be paying for Xbox Live Gold to unlock some of the premiere features.  The problem is that many of the features that are meant to entice the non-gamers are only accessible to those willing to pay for it.  A decision that I personally don’t understand. The Xbox One is meant to attract not only the gaming audience but the casual fans who want the “All-in-One Entertainment” hub.  So for features that a casual fan would presume to be open to them on purchase, it is slightly confusing that Microsoft would be making that audience pay for them on top of an already pricey console.

The news was announced by Microsoft on the Xbox Live Gold page and can be viewed by anyone interested in seeing what your money is going to get you.  But to make things easier, here is the list of features that Microsoft advertised for the Xbox One during their various press conferences that we now know need an Xbox Live Gold membership to use:


  • OneGuide – The Xbox One’s guide menu.

  • Skype, Twitter, and Facebook – Of course social media features are something you’ll have to pay for.

  • Game DVR – One of the bigger features that gamers were excited for was the ability to record their in-game footage.  Sorry folks but that privilege will cost you a $60/year subscription fee.

  • Netflix – So not only do you have to pay for Netflix but you’ll have to pay Microsoft to watch it on your Xbox One.

  • Internet Explorer – The console’s internet browser. Might I add that I have Internet Explorer on my laptop for free.



It may seem like I’m going out of my way to disparage Microsoft which is not the case.  I’m simply pointing out their lack of transparency in their marketing practices.  There’s a reason why the Xbox One has been marred in the public view and it’s that Microsoft refuses to be open about the features of the console until they get busted for some less than truthful statements.  In this case it’s that  all the features that Microsoft made a big deal out of to attract the regular public are features that they’ll have to pay extra money for.  The incredible entertainment experience that Microsoft promised isn’t available to anyone that isn’t willing to pay the subscription fee.  And that is a problem.