Some Xbox testers no longer need a subscription to Xbox Live Gold for free multiplayer games.
Back in January, Microsoft announced, and then quickly reversed, an Xbox Live price increase that would have seen subscription costs increase at each level. In explaining the decision, the company also said uncertain expressions that “you no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play [free-to-play] games on Xbox. “Today, Xbox testers can see the change coming into effect. Microsoft suggested in January that the public can expect the update to be released” in the coming months. “
Microsoft has confirmed via Xbox Wire that for testers in the Alpha Skip ring to the Xbox Insider program, multiplayer in free games, as well as the appearance of 4-groups and Party Chat features, no longer require Xbox Live Gold membership. These updates are currently being tested “ahead of general availability.”
Of course, we just learned that Xbox Live will be renamed the Xbox Network, although we have not yet seen what that means for subscription prices. It seems unlikely for Microsoft to stick to the current price structure with so many ongoing changes, despite the fact that it previously went back on price increases.
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