Tech News: Free to play games on Xbox no longer require Live Gold subscription.
After a brief but unsuccessful attempt to raise the price of new Xbox Live Gold subscriptions earlier this year, Microsoft confirmed that the paid barrier for free-to-play games would be removed entirely. Today, that news has come true and you no longer need an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership to access online multiplayer for free-to-play games.
In an Xbox Wire post, Microsoft explained that more than 50 free-to-play multiplayer games will no longer require a subscription to access. This includes games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Dauntless, Destiny 2, Killer Instinct, Spellbreak, and Warframe. This change is rolling out across all regions today, so if you don’t sign up for any of the above services, you should now be able to access these games for free.
This will also apply to new games, including 343 Industries’ upcoming blockbuster Halo Infinite, whose multiplayer has been confirmed to be free.