Xbox Live Gold coming to an end in September, Xbox Game Pass Core to serve as replacement

The iconic Xbox live is coming to an end after 21 years.


Xbox Live Gold coming to an end in September, Xbox Game Pass Core to serve as replacement

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In a significant move by Microsoft, the era of Xbox Live Gold will come to an end this September. The company has announced that it will be replacing its long-standing Xbox Live Gold subscription service with a new offering called Xbox Game Pass Core. This transition is part of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to reshape and enhance the gaming experience for its loyal user base.

Xbox Live Gold has been a staple for Xbox gamers for many years, providing access to online multiplayer functionality and offering a selection of free monthly games through the Games with Gold program. However, with the ever-evolving landscape of the gaming industry, Microsoft has recognized the need to adapt and introduce a new subscription service that better aligns with the changing demands and expectations of players.

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Microsoft introduces Xbox Game Pass Core

Xbox Live Gold coming to an end in September, Xbox Game Pass Core to serve as replacement
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Enter Xbox Game Pass Core. This new service will provide subscribers with online multiplayer access on Xbox platforms, ensuring that gamers can continue to enjoy their favorite multiplayer experiences seamlessly. In addition, Game Pass Core will offer a vast library of games, including both first-party and third-party titles.

The transition from Live Gold to Game Pass Core does come with some changes. Notably, the popular Games with Gold program, which offers free monthly games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, will come to an end on September 1. However, Microsoft has reassured players that any 360 titles redeemed through Games with Gold in the past will still be accessible in their libraries.

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Titles included in Game Pass Core

One of the standout features of Xbox Game Pass Core is the impressive lineup of games that will be available to subscribers. Microsoft has already revealed a selection of titles that will be part of the launch lineup. This diverse range of games caters to various genres and ensures that there’s something for every type of gamer. All titles available in Xbox Game Pass Core on launch are:

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

Microsoft has also promised that the Xbox Game Pass Core library will continue to expand, with new games being added every two to three months. This commitment to regularly refreshing the available titles demonstrates Microsoft’s dedication to providing ongoing value to its subscribers.

For existing Xbox Live Gold members, the transition to Xbox Game Pass Core will be seamless. On September 14, current Live Gold subscribers will automatically become Game Pass Core members, granting them access to all the benefits of the new service. Alongside online multiplayer and a vast game library, Microsoft has also promised member-exclusive deals and discounts as part of Xbox Game Pass Core.

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