The Xbox Live Gold subscription has been a staple of Microsoft’s gaming platform since the original Xbox. The subscription provided access to multiplayer gameplay, allowing gamers to enjoy social experiences through multiple console generations.
Several years after its inception, the subscription began to offer free games each month, but Microsoft has now shifted its focus to Xbox Game Pass. This also led to speculation about Game Pass potentially replacing the Gold subscription.
According to new reports, Xbox Live Gold is being discontinued, and Xbox Game Pass Core will replace the subscription.
Why it matters: Xbox Game Pass Core will offer similar benefits, but it includes a handful of AAA games not part of the previous subscription.
As seen above, Microsoft has highlighted the benefits of the new subscription. Xbox players are still required to subscribe for online gameplay, but Xbox Game Pass Core brings additional benefits.
The new service includes AAA titles like Halo 5, Forza Horizon 4, Doom Eternal, and more. Furthermore, the price has remained the same during the transition, and players can still access games redeemed through Xbox Live Gold.
Microsoft confirms Xbox Live Gold will be discontinued starting in September, and the gaming giant also claims the list of games included in the starter subscription will grow in the coming months.
While the starter service is suitable for gamers looking to enjoy their favorite titles online, users can also avail Xbox Game Pass for one extra dollar. Nonetheless, this move marks an end to the iconic Xbox subscription service and further highlights the gaming giant’s commitment to Game Pass for the future of Xbox.
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