Microsoft is currently testing a change to Xbox Live Gold that allows players to access certain online multiplayer features – such as multiplayer games in free game titles – without an active Xbox Live Gold subscription, the company announced on Wednesday. Xbox Insider Twitter. accounting.
The company originally announced plans to make this change along with a reversal of a planned Xbox Live price increase in January. This news comes two days after Microsoft confirmed a new brand for Xbox Live, and announced plans to call that Xbox network instead.
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Xbox Insiders in Alpha Skip Ahead & Alpha today we fly with some new features. Free Play Multiplayer, Looking 4 Groups and Party Chat on Xbox no longer require an Xbox Live Gold membership as we fly and test these service changes before general availability
– Xbox Insider (@xboxinsider) March 24, 2021
This shift allows players to engage more directly with games such as Fate 2 and Fortnite, both free to play games that currently require players to have Xbox Live Gold to access multiplayer. This change is an acknowledgment from Microsoft of the way games have changed throughout Xbox Live’s 18 years of existence. Now players who may not be able to pay the extra $ 60 a year can – in the end – play with their friends.
The switch is something that both Sony and Nintendo started many years ago, and removed the requirement for a PlayStation Plus or Nintendo Switch Online subscription for free games, respectively. Rocket League. Microsoft’s grip on gold has always been a little tighter. The company demanded that players have Xbox Live Gold to use entertainment apps such as Netflix until 2014. This move is another solution move that brings the Xbox more in line with the competition.
The Xbox Insiders program offers new Xbox features to gamers before they are available to the public. It’s like beta testing for a game, but it’s for the entire console’s interface and user experience instead.
These restrictions are already gone for Xbox Insiders, starting March 24th. It is currently unclear when Microsoft will remove the payment wall for all players.