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Microsoft removes Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games today

2021-04-22 19:18 by
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Microsoft has announced its previous promise to ditch Xbox Live Gold subscription requirements for free-to-play multiplayer titles on its consoles will come into effect today.

In January, Microsoft announced a steep price increase to Xbox Live, essentially doubling the cost of the service needed to play Xbox games online. Fans reacted negatively—and swiftly. Less than 24 hours later, Microsoft reversed course. Xbox Live Gold memberships would remain at the price they were listed at prior to the first announcement: $10 for a month, $25 for three months, or $60 for a year.

The Xbox Live Gold changes mean popular games like Destiny 2, Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and many others will no longer require a subscription. More than 50 games will now be free-to-play. The changes certainly make the $299 Xbox Series S console a lot more appealing as a device for free-to-play multiplayer games.

There still are some exceptions: free-to-play weekend promotions, where a premium game is available to everyone free on a trial basis, will still require Xbox Live Gold membership to access their online multiplayer. Demo versions won't require Gold for any multiplayer they support, but it is still necessary for demos that either require a pre-order or purchase to access, plus early access games, "$0 sale offers," and other time-limited trial versions of premium products.

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