Microsoft today posted an in-depth explanation of Home Gold, a new feature that allows Xbox LIVE Gold members to share their benefits and perks with any other users attached to the Xbox One. As opposed to the Xbox 360, which requires each individual account on the Xbox 360 to have Gold status, only one Xbox LIVE Gold account is required on the Xbox One.
"With Xbox One everyone in your home has a personalized account, which will enable powerful and personal experiences, and that’s one of the reasons why we wanted to create Home Gold," Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten explained.
"It means that your account and your gamertag are truly yours. You don’t have to share your gamertag for multiplayer gaming with others in your home, or see recommendations for your kid’s cartoons next to the recommended first-person shooter for you.
"It also means that you can introduce new games and enjoy multiplayer with friends while they are at your house. Last but not least, it also means that when you buy one Xbox Live Gold membership, multiple people can enjoy the best benefits of Xbox Live Gold on your Xbox One at no additional charge."
Home Gold will extend your benefits to others in a number of ways. Not only can you extend your benefits to those in the same household as you, but you'll also be able to take them to a friend's house. Once you log in to their console with your Xbox LIVE Gold account, everyone using that console can access multiplayer and entertainment apps for as long as you are logged in. Furthermore, Home Gold will allow you to be logged in to both Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the same time, although all those other sweet Home Gold benefits are exclusively for Xbox One.