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RIP Xbox Live Gold

We gather here today to wish a beautiful afterlife to Xbox Live Gold. The service we have all become familiar with over the last 18 years will soon create its gaming chrysalis and emerge as Game Pass Core!




Game Pass Core will launch on September 14, 2023, at $9.99/month or $59.99/year. Core will still allow players to connect with others online and will even give them access to over 25 games offered on Game Pass. With the switchover, gamers will have to say goodbye to Games With Gold, but they will get to say hello to these titles from the get-go:

  • 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

(List pulled from the Xbox Wire article)


There are less than 25 games here, Xbox has stated that there will be more added after the initial launch, and then 2-3 new games added each year after.

 

My Personal Thoughts


Being a Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, I love to see the full embrace of the Game Pass model. I play a lot of stuff through the service and have had a blast with titles I would have never tried beforehand. It stinks seeing the "Xbox Live Gold" era vanish, but that's only because it's all I've grown to know. I could argue that Xbox Live Gold is the most recognizable way to identify online connection for video games (like I said, I could argue :) ). I hope that Game Pass Core reaches audiences that have wanted to try these games, or even just see how Game Pass operates. It helps that the titles they have selected are some of Xbox's finest. In the end, I hope that this change helps gaming and guides gamers to try new things, experience new adventures, and complete quests with friends.


Let me know what you all think,


Thank you,


Console boXer

 

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