May 19, 2024

Microsoft replaces Xbox Live Gold with ‘Game Pass Core’

Microsoft today reveal(Opens in a new window) a new subscription option for Xbox gamers.

Game Xbox Pass Core(Opens in a new window) launches on September 14 for $9.99 per month ($59.99 per year). Microsoft describes it as “the evolution of Xbox Live Gold.” It will also replace the Games with Gold feature, which offered two free games per month.

Core combines online play, regular member deals and discounts, and access to 25 titles from a range of publishers including Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda. New games will be added to the line up “2-3 times a year.”

Games available at the launch include:

  • Among Us

  • Excerpt

  • dishonor 2

  • Doom Eternal

  • Anniversary Fable

  • Fallout 4

  • Fallout 76

  • Game Forza Horizon 4 online

  • Gears 5

  • On land

  • Halo 5: Guardians

  • Halo wars 2 online

  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

  • Human Fall Bald

  • Inside

  • Ori & The Will of the Wisps

  • Checks 2

  • State of decay 2

  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Games with Gold ends on September 1st and existing Xbox Live Gold members will automatically become Game Pass Core members on September 14th (and will continue to pay $60 per year). Members will be pleased/relieved to hear that any Xbox One games previously redeemed through Games with Gold will remain accessible as long as they continue to subscribe to Core. On the other hand, Xbox 360 titles redeemed through Games with Gold will still be playable even if they stop subscribing.

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With the launch of Core, Microsoft will have four Game Pass tiers to choose from. Core and PC cost $9.99 per month, Console costs $10.99 per month, and Ultimate costs $16.99 per month. Paying the extra $6.99 to upgrade to Game Pass Ultimate gives existing Core/Live Gold members access to new games on day one, hundreds of games instead of just 25, and EA Play membership.

Earlier this year, Microsoft admitted that Game Pass reduced game sales, which was contrary to what Xbox boss Phil Spener had previously claimed. And according to Sony, publishers don’t like Game Pass. With today’s announcement, it is clear that Microsoft is not worried about the negativity and must believe that the subscription games model works in the long term even if the sums do not add up for the next few years.

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