For many playing the Xbox version of Ark and hoping to host a server, there is news in regards to a PC hosting. In the latest Community Crunch and Ark Digest, a forum user asked about co-op and split screen with a PC host and the Xbox One. The answer not on garnered a direct question but also informed survivors that these servers will not require an Xbox Live Premium membership nor a separate account to host. This does not mean that the players will be able to play on the servers themselves without a premium membership.
This is good news for those wanting to host a server but were concerned about needing a separate account. Some individuals that I’ve come across in the Xbox Ark community have expressed high interest in hosting a server but were turned off by the prospect of needing another Xbox and a secondary account.
Source: Community Crunch & Ark Digest
Personally I enjoy the idea of hosting a server. However, the current necessity to have a separate Xbox, a separate premium account to host and then to leave it on at all hours, was not appealing. Now with the ability to host a server via PC without the extra necessities actually makes the idea of hosting a server more of a reality. If only I can convince my tribemates that we should host a server for Primitive Plus rather than join a random public server.