XBOX Live Gold Is Going Away, Replaced By Game Pass Core

We all knew it was coming. After almost all these years, XBOX Live Gold is coming to an end. The service, which provided XBOX owners access to multiplayer gaming and two free video games a month, is being shuttered soon.

On September 1st, XBOX Live Gold will be no more. In its place will be a new variant of the Game Pass known as the Core tier.

Microsoft claims that Game Pass Core is better than XBOX Live Gold, but the only change is you’ll have access to 25 possibly rotating titles instead of a different two each month. Core isn’t letting you keep the 25 games if you decide to unsubscribe, and you’ll need to maintain a subscription to access any previously redeemed XBOX One games.

Game Pass Core brings the benefits of online console multiplayer from Xbox Live Gold, plus access to a compelling and diverse catalog of over 25 high-quality console games that you can play on your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One console – all at the same great price as Xbox Live Gold.

Source: XBOX

The list of 25 games will see new ones added “2-3 times a year,” according to the blog post. As of right now, here’s what will launch with the new subscription service:

  • Among Us
  • Descenders
  • Dishonored 2
  • Doom Eternal
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Grounded
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Inside
  • Ori & The Will of the Wisps
  • Psychonauts 2
  • State of Decay 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

The monthly fee for Game Pass Core is the same as Gold, with two different payment plans:

  • $9.99 a month
  • $59.99 a year

Game Pass Core will officially take over on September 14th, 2023.

Thankfully, Microsoft isn’t locking XBOX 360 games we’ve redeemed over the past several years behind the subscription service—those you’re allowed to keep. Oh, thank you so much. You’re so kind…

What do you think of the change to XBOX’s basic subscription service? Let us know below. Or yell obscenities at your friends and hope you don’t get reported on a multiplayer match.

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