Skype on Xbox One features six months of free calling

Promotion limited to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, Microsoft confirms.

Skype users on Xbox One will be able to place group video calls for free for a period of six months, so long as they are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, Microsoft announced today.

Normally, Skype group video calls cost $5/month.

Also for six months, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to place up to 100 minutes of worldwide minutes per month for calls to mobiles and landlines in over 50 countries. The offer must be redeemed through the Skype app on Xbox One by March 31, 2014 and is valid only in the console's 13 launch territories.

Skype functionality on Xbox One was highlighted in the 12-minute video Microsoft released today showing off the system's various features and functionality.

Skype calls on Xbox One will display in 1080p, so long as both users have compatible HD displays. In addition, the video calling service can run alongside other entertainment apps, allowing users to watch live or recorded media while simultaneously conducting a call.

Lastly, Skype for Xbox One makes use of the Kinect's wide view lens and auto-zoom functionality, which means the camera will automatically focus on callers in the frame, wherever they may move.

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231 comments
nirmalbalaji
nirmalbalaji

Hangouts are miles better than this. Oh wait, they are free.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Wow, lots of people here and jumping to conclusions, any reason to make stuff up that's negative about MS.

Here's the full truth:

One to One video calls are free, always have been. One-to-one non-video calls are free, always have been. It's the same on the PC. Group video calls are part of a subscription (now given FREE for 6 months). HOWEVER, you can still do group calls, without the video, for free.

Not only that, but now you can call anywhere in the world for free for 6 months, to any cellphone, landline ,etc.  

"But but, it requires XBL Gold, so it's not free"

Right, you also get dozens and dozens of other features with XBL Gold.  And I doubt a single one of you complaining about Skype requiring Gold will be playing.using an Xbox One without it in the first place.


ethan195730
ethan195730

You can still use skype without paying an extra fee. Just no group calls. 

jark888
jark888

Like Kinect features on Skype. Anyway, let me know when Skype available on Xbox360.

Lockjaw2000
Lockjaw2000

If Skype was on PS4, you wouldn't need a PS+ subscription to use it.  Just saying.

sakaixx
sakaixx

how bout you use your pc or laptop that have webcams , got tons of free apps to call groups and whatever rather than paying this shit . pc got better graphics and play 1080p properly too .

noandno
noandno

Free calling... with gold subscription

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

6 months compared to the lifespan of the hub unit. It is a suckers deal. Take the 6 months and run o_O. Look, hey, on top of Xbox live sub you just need to pay another $5 a month.  Free for 6 months.. Whoopie. 

meatz666
meatz666

TV box and phone for $500? No thank you.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Just pick up your smart phone and make a video call instead. Why pay more.. 

DarthAsheron
DarthAsheron

It's free! You just have to play for a gold subscription.

Makes perfect sense.

pyro1245
pyro1245

i thought it was free all of the time?

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

I remember when Skype was free full stop ahhhhh the good old days before Microsoft stole it from the masses for 8.5 billion dollars  

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

For 6 months, everyone with an Xbone better be prank calling businesses.

jumpyluweegee3
jumpyluweegee3

***********REQUIRES XBOX LIVE GOLD SUBSCRIPTION***********

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Ok but Skype-to-Skype remains free I assume?

Garm31
Garm31

Skype should be free for the morons that pay for the Gold subscription. Greedy bastards!

sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

mooooooooh! 

what's that sound? oh its just the console cashcow getting milked :D

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

Nice to have, but I won't use it much. I like that I can use it internationally, though!

jark888
jark888

@Lockjaw2000 That makes sense. People already pay for its service fee. Now that Microsoft owns Skype: limitation should be eliminated. No other devices that run Skype would ask you to pay more(service fee, internet, and Xbox Live?).

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@SpiderLuke No after march 31 2014. 

meatz666
meatz666

@SIDEFX1 Game console giving free games? I understand.

Game console giving free calls? WTF?

hystavito
hystavito

@de-astroturfer How was it before?  Skype was free unless you wanted a real incoming phone number?  Skype-In?  I can't remember, I never used it much.

andfx8
andfx8

@jumpyluweegee3 get over it, soon PS4's online won't be too different, just inferior, as it already is

cvjr
cvjr

@Garm31 Skype is free. If you don't like paying for gold you could always use Skype on your cell phone or ipod or ipad or computer or any other "smart", portable electronics you have.

coatesyman
coatesyman

@Garm31 it is free. It appearers your the  moron, who can't read, read the article its actually giving you something that cost money on other devices for free. 

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@sgt_hunter 

I like a joke as much as the next guy, but that was neither funny or original. Try again.

revlux88
revlux88

@andfx8 @jumpyluweegee3 Except that the only thing you need ps+ for is multi player gaming. You don't need ps+ for things like Netflix or the game dvr. I love my 360 and can't wait for the X1 but still...blocking paid media services and their new game dvr feature behind the gold wall is a bit much imo.

Lockjaw2000
Lockjaw2000

@andfx8 I would much rather be a PS+ owner than a Gold member.  And I know, because I haven't had the chance to be a PS+ member yet but I've been a gold member for close to 3 years.  I've hated every year of it so far.  The benefits on PS+ are ridiculous as well.  It's not inferior...you're just blind to the facts.

meatz666
meatz666

@cvjr Yeah. And to play games you can use PS4, since with Xbone you need additional gadgets.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@coatesyman Yeah as long as they have installed or the app Skype. What is so good about it? 

goutetsuo
goutetsuo

@coatesyman You Noob it's group video calls. And your trying to call someone else a moron? Fail, you need to have a premium account on PC for 4.99 a month or one person in the video session needs one. Go back to your hole Troll. lol

sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

@A8ADD0N that's not a joke... here is a joke though... knock knock, who's there? SHUT UP!!!!

revlux88
revlux88

@meatz666 @LiquidGold @de-astroturfer Mine would sell me for a pack of cigarettes...and she doesn't even smoke! (not that anyone would be dumb enough to waste a pack of smokes on me anyway) (sad clown face)

meatz666
meatz666

Yeah, because Ryse doesn't look like shit

smoke1125
smoke1125

Ps4 has no games other then killzone cause everything else is already out on the ps3 or vita and being ported over to the ps4 they have no next gen games not say xbox1 has but they do have more not saying they're all good