Xbox Live Gold is doomed to disappear and multiplayer play will become free on Xbox One and Xbox Series X. This is what noted journalist Jeff Grubb, who has this information from an internal source, says.
We told you about it a few days ago in our columns. There is several clues that suggest that the Xbox Live Gold could be brought to disappear. Indeed, users can no longer buy six and twelve months subscription on the Microsoft store, while the Game Pass is systematically highlighted when a search is made on Xbox Live Gold.
However, the renowned journalist Jeff Grubb confirms this Friday, July 31, 2020 that Xbox Live Gold begins its end of career. It gets this information from an internal source. Here is what he wrote on Twitter: “ Xbox Live Gold will disappear and multiplayer will be free, they won’t force you to upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to play online ”.
Despite all the journalist’s assurance, we will have to wait for an officialization from Microsoft before slashing the champagne. If the news was true, it’s clear that it’s a good thing for Xbox gamers. As Jeff Grubb points out, the paid multiplayer formula no longer has its place in the strategy implemented by Microsoft.
An outdated formula
Indeed, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate already offers access to Xbox Live Gold. However, Microsoft has never hidden its ambitions for its streaming game service, which it wants turn into netflix video game. Microsoft therefore has every interest in ensuring that Xbox Live Gold does not encroach on the Xbox Game Pass flowerbeds.
In addition, Xbox Live Gold is still required today to access free-to-play titles available on Xbox One, such as Fortnite, Apex Legends or again Call of Duty Warzone. Games yet available for free on Playstation 4 (no need to have a subscription to Playstation Plus). In other words, Xbox Live Gold may be seen as a drag for gamers who could spend their money on cosmetic shops (and seasonal passes) for these games, and therefore bring additional income to developers and Microsoft by extension.
Source : Twitter