Xbox Live Gold is dead, but here comes Xbox Game Pass Core

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Xbox Live Gold will become Xbox Game Pass Core, Microsoft has announced. The revised service will launch with new titles available on 14 September.


Microsoft is bringing its Xbox Live Gold online service to an end, the firm has announced, with its replacement being Xbox Game Pass Core.

The revised service will launch on 14 September, and users currently subscribed to Xbox Live Gold will automatically be switched over to the new iteration on that date. Prices will also remain unchanged, with a monthly subscription amounting to £6.99 ($9.99) or £49.99 ($59.99).

Xbox Game Pass Core will offer 25 games when it launches, and Microsoft says more titles will be added two or three times per year. The line-up includes:

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

“Thank you to everyone who has been with us since the early days, joined along the way with friends, and now with us in Xbox Game Pass,” Xbox’s Jerret West wrote. “I’m proud and humbled by the stories we hear about online teammates becoming real-life friends after years playing, or even marriages whose initial spark was ignited in a pre-match lobby.”

Games with Gold will end on 1 September, the post explains, and users will find that any Xbox One or Xbox 360 titles they’ve bought through Gold will remain in their library as long as they remain a member of Game Pass Core.

Xbox Live Gold’s identity change is the latest shakeup to be announced by Microsoft. In June, the firm gave word that it’s going to put up the cost of Xbox Game Pass and the Xbox Series X, with consoles going up by £30, from £449.99 to £479.99, and Xbox Game Pass increasing from £7.99 to £8.99. Similarly, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s price is going from £10.99 to £12.99 per month. These rate hikes are due to kick in on 1 August. Hooray for inflation!

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