After taking some much-deserved criticism earlier this year for raising the price of Xbox LIVE Gold, Microsoft realized the error of its ways. The company announced it would remove the Xbox LIVE Gold subscription requirement to access online multiplayer for free-to-play games. Today, they finally made good on their promise.
As of today, all Xbox owners can access online multiplayer for free-to-play games at no additional charge. This means Xbox owners now have access to over 50 free-to-play games that support online multiplayer.
This list includes blockbuster titles such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rocket League, ROBLOX, Warframe and tons more. A full list can be found over on the Xbox store.
This is a glorious day for gamers as these free-to-play games are now truly free-to-play, no additional cost required. Microsoft was the only company of the big three that had required a subscription to its online service to play free-to-play games, which is a bit odd considering how gamer-friendly the company usually is. Charging gamers to access free-to-play games online is such an archaic business practice, especially for a company that offers such a great deal with Xbox Game Pass.
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It’s worth noting that only the Xbox LIVE Gold subscription requirement has only been lifted on free-to-play games. You’ll still need a Gold membership to play regular games online.
In other related news, Microsoft also launched Xbox Cloud Gaming for Windows 10 PC and iOS phones and tablets. Select Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members were sent invites to check out the limited beta. For those unfamiliar, Xbox Cloud Gaming is basically exactly what it sounds like. You’re able to play your Xbox games through a browser on these supported PC and iOS devices by using the cloud. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to try it but it certainly does sound like the future of gaming.