Microsoft is proud to announce today that Xbox Live Gold is no longer required to enjoy the online features of certain games. Remember, the subscription launched in the US in late 2002 and in Europe in March 2003 allows Xbox gamers to enjoy the joys of online multiplayer. A paid subscription, of course, that has evolved over the years (and generations of consoles) and is now integrated into the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offering, for example.
The end of Xbox Live Gold?
To be precise, when we talk about the ability to play certain games now without an Xbox Live Gold subscription, they are just what are known as “free-to-play” games. As on our smartphones and tablets, the Nintendo Switch, PS5 and Xbox have games through their respective stores that can be downloaded and played online for free.
This is of course the case with timeless Fortnite, but also with Apex Legends, Brawlhalla, Call of Duty Warzone, Destiny 2, Killerinstinkt, Phantasy Star Online 2, Phantom Dust, Roblox, Rocket League, Warframe or World of Tanks. In total, more than 50 games can now be downloaded for free and played online without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
For all other games, the Xbox Live Gold subscription is of course indispensable if you want to play online with your friends or with strangers from all over the world. For Microsoft, this was a positive response to the demand from many players. Free games can already be played without a subscription from the competition.
This is great news for Xbox gamers who are now able to play the many free games available on the Xbox Live market through their Xbox One or (for the lucky ones) through their Xbox Series S / X (new ) to start.