Xbox Live Gold no longer required for free-to-play games
Posted on April 22, 2021
For the longest time, it has been a requirement that players have a subscription to Xbox Live Gold in order to play any titles online, including games that are free-to-play such as Fortnite and Apex Legends. This is no longer the case as Xbox has dropped this need so that over 50 games are now truly free-to-play as long as you have an internet connection.
Earlier this year, Xbox also made the foolish decision to up their prices for the subscription, only to quickly backtrack on it due to the complaints and negative reception from users.
This new change to the Gold service is a first for Microsoft, which has recently started to shift away from their Xbox Live Gold model in favour of the ever-popular Game Pass and Ultimate Game Pass, with the latter including Xbox Live Gold anyway. Truth be told, the Game Pass and Ultimate Game Pass subscriptions offer far more value than a standard Gold subscription anyway, so it is no surprise that the Gold service is seemingly being buried more and more.
The full list of completely free-to-play games can be found below:
Battle Islands: Commanders
Call of Duty: Warzone
DC Universe Online
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters
Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters
Doritos Crash Course
Dungeon Defenders II
Eternal Card Game
Family Game Night
Galaxy Control: Arena
Gems of War
Path of Exile
Phantasy Star Online 2
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Star Trek Online
Techwars Global Conflict
The Four Kings Casino and Slots
World of Tanks
World of Warships: Legends
It is worth noting that apart from the expected likes of Fortnite, Warframe, Warzone, Apex Legends, and Dauntless, there are a couple of oddities such as Too Human (an older Xbox 360 title) and Resident Evil Revelations 2, which is a purchasable game so it generally wouldn’t be considered free-to-play. Either way, a very nice change to the service and surely one that will be welcomed by fans as online gaming continues to soar in popularity and users.
This also now pits Xbox more favourably against PlayStation’s service which has always allowed users to enjoy free-to-play games online without a PS Plus subscription. Microsoft is certainly doing what it can to keep existing users happy while attracting new ones, and with the positive reception to the Xbox Series X, Game Pass library, and overall focus on providing an all-inclusive gaming experience for fans, they are certainly heading in the right direction.
Justin is known for being the clown of any group and has spent his entire life playing and collecting video games. When he is not playing video games he is usually hanging out with his two American Staffies named Django and King (after Django Unchained characters) or his son Shia (yes, after Shia Labeouf).