Microsoft is dropping the Xbox Live Gold requirement for its entertainment apps, however Xbox head Phil Spencer has told Joystiq that MMOs and free-to-play titles will still require the subscription.
Spencer said that Microsoft hasn’t “changed its policy” on Mmos and free-to-play games and explained that some games include “engineering constraints, policy constraints and partner constraints in each one of these scenarios.”
“So today, the announcement is about the entertainment applications being available to all Xbox Live members,” Spencer told Joystiq. “It was really about going as fast as we could on the things that we completely controlled.”
Yesterday, Microsoft announced a Kinect-free Xbox One will be available June 9th for $399, with a standalone Kinect sensor coming this fall.