Microsoft is proud to announce today that Xbox Live Gold is no longer required to take advantage of the online features of certain games. Remember that the subscription launched at the end of 2002 in the United States and in March 2003 in Europe allows Xbox players to enjoy the joys of online multiplayer. A paid subscription of course, which has evolved over the years (and generations of consoles) and which is now integrated for example in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offer.

The end of Xbox Live Gold?

So let’s be precise, when we talk about the possibility now of playing certain games without having an Xbox Live Gold subscription, it is only the so-called “free-to-play” games. Indeed, as on our smartphones and tablets, the Nintendo Switch, the PS5 and the Xbox offer, via their respective stores, games that are free to download and play online.

This is the case of the timeless Fortnite of course, but also of Apex Legends, Brawlhalla, Call of Duty Warzone, Destiny 2, Killer Instinct, Phantasy Star Online 2, Phantom Dust, Roblox, Rocket League, Warframe or World of Tanks. In total, more than 50 games can now be downloaded for free, and played online without any Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Obviously, for all other games, the Xbox Live Gold subscription remains essential if you want to play online with your friends, or with strangers from all over the world. For Microsoft, this was to respond favorably to the demand of many players, free-to-play games are already playable without any subscription from the competition.

This is excellent news for Xbox gamers who will now be able to (re) launch the many free-to-play available on the Xbox Live market, via their Xbox One or (for the lucky ones) via their Xbox Series S / X .