By Karli Winata / May 13th, 2014
Microsoft is making some changes to Xbox Live Gold, all of which will take effect in June. First up, Xbox One users with a Gold subscription will be offered discounts on games that will change every month. Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, and a couple of undisclosed titles will be the first ones. The discount ranges from 50% to 70%. Gold users will have access to a VIP room detailing the monthly sales.
Second, streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu, among others, will be made available to all Xbox 360 and Xbox One users regardless of whether or not they subscribe to Gold. Originally, these services were only available to Gold users.
Finally, the Games with Gold deal, where Gold users are treated to free games every month, will be extended to the Xbox One, although no titles have been announced yet. Xbox 360 users will be treated to a bonus game in June. On top of Dark Souls and Charlie Murder, Gold users will get Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition free, as well. This bonus, however, appears to come with a string attached, since the Games with Gold deal has been changed. Now these free games can only be played as long as the user remains a Gold subscriber. It is unclear whether this applies retroactively to all previous games that have been downloaded through this deal.
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