Phil Spencer has clarified some details in regards to the Xbox Live Gold requirements for the Xbox One version of "The Elder Scrolls Online" as well as other massively multiplayer online games. According to a report from MCVUK on May 14, the lead executive of the Xbox division confirmed that the software product will be put through a pay wall. Microsoft recently decided to remove the Xbox Live Gold requirement for using all entertainment applications on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It appears that the new policy won't be changed for video games, however.
Phil Spencer explained to Joystiq that his company was unable to remove the requirements for several games due to "constraints" that popped up from engineering, policies and partnerships. On the other hand, Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed in the past that PS4 players won't need a Playstation Plus subscription in order to play "The Elder Scrolls Online" as well as other massively multiplayer online games. Based on the backtracking done by Microsoft Studios, such as the removals of the DRM and Kinect requirements, the Xbox Live Gold requirement has the possibility of changing in the future.
The Playstation Plus subscription is priced at $49.99 and can be shared across the PS3, PS4, PSP and Playstation Vita platforms. The Xbox Live Gold, which covers both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, has an official price of $59.99. "The Elder Scrolls Online" requires a monthly fee of $14.99 after the initial 30-day access period although player can get a small discount by locking into longer subscriptions.
The latest title from the "Elder Scrolls" franchise is no longer set to come out for the PS4 and Xbox One next month in North America. Instead, the development team was forced to delay the console release by six months due to problems transitioning some of the network elements to the Playstation Network and Xbox Live. The box arts of the PS4 and Xbox One ports from the official "Elder Scrolls Online" Facebook page can be seen with the photo near the top of this article. Both console ports are available for pre-order at Amazon in the following link: "The Elder Scrolls Online."