Xbox Live Gold membership good for both Xbox One and 360

The same Live Gold membership can be used on both the Xbox 360 and the upcoming Xbox One. And multiple accounts will be able to tap into that single membership.

Microsoft's Xbox One
Microsoft's Xbox One. James Martin/CNET

Xbox 360 owners who have a Live Gold membership will be able to use it on the Xbox One as well.

Phil Harrison, a corporate vice president with Microsoft, confirmed to video-game blog Polygon that the same Gold membership will apply to both systems. Xbox Live Gold subscribers who buy an Xbox One won't have to ante up for another subscription.

Plus, that same single membership can be shared by multiple people, according to Ben Kilgore, a corporate vice president for Microsoft's Xbox Program Management. Each user will still have access to their own settings and customizations.

"We want to make sure that you and your son both have your own account," Kilgore told Polygon, using the example of a parent and child sharing the same Live Gold membership. "We want you log in to get your stuff, and when he logs in to get his stuff. On that console, if you have Gold, he can use Gold as well."

A Microsoft rep confirmed the information to CNET, saying: "If you have an Xbox Live Gold membership today on Xbox 360, it will carry over to Xbox One." The rep also said Microsoft will soon reveal more information about its Gold membership for the Xbox One.

Xbox Live Gold memberships offer a number of features, including online multiplayer games, free game demos, access to the Web via Internet Explorer, and movies and TV shows via services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. The current membership costs $9.99 for one month, $24.99 for three months, and $59.99 for 12 months.

Updated 9:40 a.m. PT with response from Microsoft.

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