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Next Gen Streaming & Sharing: PS+ not required, XBL Gold is required.


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Sony's President Shuhei Yoshida went on twitter today and announced that you will not need a PS+ membership to be able to share and stream your gaming experiences. This comes in light of Microsoft stating yesterday that you will need an Xbox Live Gold account to use their gaming DVR. This is yet another blunder by MS after they decided to keep their 360 model which does not allow users to access Netflix without XBLG. The PS4 will still allow you to stream Netflix for free as it had on PS3.

While you still need PS+ to stream and share your multiplayer gameplay, it still benefits those gamers that like to upload or search for walkthroughs for single player games, solo campaigns, and trophy guides.

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https://twitter.com/yosp/status/365383786143289344

http://kotaku.com/sharing-and-streaming-will-be-free-on-ps4-but-not-xbox-1065826856

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I guess it more or less about the fact that PS+ is going to be an upgrade to Sony's online gaming rather than just extra benifits, but at the same time its not going to lock up features that had always been available to PS3 users prior to PS+'s creation. Xbox One will continue to be restrictive on content that is already free (or you already have a subscription for) in other places as a crutch to hand over your $60 a year.

 

As I had always been an XBLG member, I didn't know netflix didnt work without it until a few months ago when a friend acquired a 360 and couldn't access netflix. No one is going to pay an extra $60 on top of their $9 a month to watch netflix. Its pretty silly of MS. The only thing that should be XBLG required is online gaming and features that are exclusive to X1.

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Sony just keeps 1uping Microsoft. I always thought it was ridiculous that you couldn't access netflix on an xbox without an Xbox live subscription, especially considering many bluray players and tvs have that functionality built right in nowadays.

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The fact that MS overclocked X1's GPU recently just to be 53mhz faster is asking for trouble, its not a large increase, they just wanted to be "faster" than ps4 marginally spec wise. I can see RRoD 2.0 already on the horizon. The console wasn't built and tested to withstand that increase in heat expenditure, while it may not be as extreme as RRoD, it could end up being a mid-term issue where the warranty is expired and the consumer is SOL. It will take longer to diagnose that the X1 doesnt last longer than a full year or two before a hardware fail... an even bigger blow since they were boasting last week that X1 was designed to stay on constantly for 10 years due to their previously "always online" policy.

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