Xbox chief product officer, Marc Whitten, has explained the restrictions (or lack thereof) with the sharing of Home Gold features on Xbox One.
Whitten said that a gamer’s console is tethered with their Gamertag, however, other users within the account holder’s home can access the multiplayer, apps and other Gold features, even if they don’t have their own Gold account.
“So how it works is, on your console, anybody else on the console, whether it’s a babysitter that’s come over or a friend or your family, can participate in all the experiences like they’re on Gold,” Whitten said.
“It’s with their gamertag so they’re not on your gamertag, you don’t even have to be there, they’re not messing up your gamerscore or your storage or your queues or anything like that. It’s their full account experience, but it really gets to take full advantage of many of the Gold features.”
Gold members can also log into their accounts through another Xbox One console, and access all their Gold features.
“We didn’t want people to have to understand a specific set of rules around how gold works different from content,” said Whitten. “We just wanted it to be really simple. And we wanted to give that full advantage to people in your house that are coming in to use your console or your content, to be able to play that content in the full way.”
Existing Xbox Live Gold members will even see that the service will be activated on their Xbox One, so there’s no need for two different accounts.
“[Users] will be able to enjoy Xbox Live Gold features on either console.” In fact, those users “can even be logged in to Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the same time.”