After years of lagging behind PlayStation Network’s free video applications and PlayStation Plus’ staggering stream of free games, Microsoft is finally making the Xbox One’s online extras more palatable, whether you’re an Xbox Live Gold subscriber or not. Games With Gold is now on Xbox One with a few high-profile titles. On top of that, EA has revealed its exclusive Xbox One subscription service called EA Access. For a fee, subscribers can get access to the ever-growing EA Vault to download select games and get discounts on all of EA's digital content.
If you’re not ponying up the dough for Xbox Live Gold, you can rest assured that you’ll get more for just connecting your Xbox One to the internet. Almost any video-delivery application, whether it be entertainment (Hulu, Netflix), sports (NFL, WWE), or gaming (Twitch, Machinima) can be accessed on your Xbox One without Xbox Live Gold. With almost every other device under the sun giving access to video apps sans-subscription, this is a long time coming.