Microsoft Replacing Xbox Live Gold With Game Pass Core, September 14/23

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In a move to enhance the gaming experience for Xbox users, Microsoft has announced the replacement of its long-standing Xbox Live Gold service with a new subscription model called Game Pass Core. The new offering aims to provide players with greater value, expanded access to games, and more flexible subscription options.

Game Pass Core will serve as an evolution of the popular Xbox Game Pass subscription, which has garnered widespread acclaim since its launch. With Game Pass Core, Microsoft seeks to consolidate its gaming services into a unified and cohesive platform, streamlining the subscription experience for gamers.

Our launch collection of more than 25 titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and our content partners will offer something for everyone to play on their Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. Today we’re confirming the following titles for launch*, with more to be announced in advance of September 14. New titles will be added 2-3 times a year.

  • 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

*Game library may vary over time and by country.  

For current Xbox Live Gold members:

One of the significant changes introduced with Game Pass Core is the elimination of the separate Xbox Live Gold subscription. Previously, Xbox Live Gold offered online multiplayer functionality and provided access to a selection of free games each month. Under the new subscription model, multiplayer functionality will be included as part of the Game Pass Core subscription, eliminating the need for an additional fee.

Moreover, Game Pass Core will grant subscribers access to a vast library of games, including both first-party titles and a curated selection of third-party games. This expansion of available games aims to cater to a wider range of player preferences and ensure there is something for everyone within the subscription service.

Microsoft has also introduced more flexible pricing options for Game Pass Core, allowing users to choose from various subscription tiers based on their gaming needs. This approach enables players to opt for a subscription level that suits their preferences and budget, with options ranging from basic access to the full suite of features and benefits.

  • On September 14, Xbox Live Gold members will automatically become Game Pass Core members, with no change in pricing, and have immediate access to a new library of over 25 high-quality games.
  • Member deals & discounts will also be part of Xbox Game Pass Core.
  • Games with Gold will come to an end on September 1.
  • Players can continue to access any Xbox One games they previously redeemed through Games with Gold if they remain a Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate member.
  • Regardless of subscription status, any Xbox 360 titles redeemed via Games with Gold in the past will be kept in a player’s library.

Existing Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have the opportunity to seamlessly transition their memberships to Game Pass Core without any interruption. Microsoft is actively working on providing a smooth migration process to ensure a hassle-free experience for its dedicated user base.

The introduction of Game Pass Core aligns with Microsoft’s overarching goal to create a gaming ecosystem that is inclusive, accessible, and user-friendly. By consolidating its services and providing a comprehensive subscription model, the company aims to enhance the overall gaming experience for Xbox players.

Microsoft has indicated that Game Pass Core is part of its long-term strategy, with ongoing efforts to expand the service and incorporate new features. The company remains committed to regularly updating its game library, introducing exclusive titles, and partnering with third-party developers to deliver the best gaming content to its subscribers.

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