Xbox Game Pass Core: All you need to know

Xbox Game Pass Core: All you need to know

Xbox Game Pass Core: The Evolution of Xbox Live Gold

Microsoft Gaming

Welcome to the evolution of Xbox Live Gold! Say goodbye to the past and embrace the future with Xbox Game Pass Core. Microsoft Gaming is shaking things up, rebranding its flagship online service into a new and exciting gaming experience. Game Pass Core is not just a replacement, but the next level of online gaming, offering multiplayer access and a curated collection of the best Xbox Series X games.

But what does all of this mean? Fear not, fellow gamers! We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about Xbox Game Pass Core – from the release date and pricing to the list of confirmed games you’ll be able to play.

The Release Date: September 14, 2023

That’s right, mark your calendars for September 14, 2023! This is the day when Xbox Game Pass Core will make its grand entrance. For those already enjoying Xbox Live Gold, your subscription will automatically transition to the new service. So, from September 14 onwards, you’ll still be able to play and chat with your friends on the multiplayer network, plus dive into a library of 25 fantastic Xbox One and Xbox Series X games.

The Price: It’s Worth Every Penny!

Microsoft Gaming

Let’s talk money. The Xbox Game Pass Core comes at the same price as the current Xbox Live Gold membership. For just $9.99/£6.99 per month or $59.99/£49.99 per year, you can unlock a world of gaming wonders. On top of that, you’ll still enjoy exclusive member deals, fantastic discounts on selected games, and the chance to participate in Free Play Days. Games with Gold, on the other hand, will be retiring, making room for a catalog of over 25 incredible titles.

The Games: Get Ready for a Gaming Bonanza!


The Xbox Game Pass Core games are a dream come true for subscribers. More than 25 titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and other top-notch third-party publishers are up for grabs. Although it won’t include the latest Xbox Series X games on day one (that’s reserved for Game Pass Console, Game Pass PC, and Game Pass Ultimate), this collection will be regularly updated with new gems.

Curious about the lineup? While we don’t have the full list just yet, we do have 19 confirmed Xbox Game Pass Core games to whet your appetite:

  • 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

With this incredible selection, prepare yourself for endless hours of gaming bliss!

Xbox Live: The Legend Lives On


Ah, the memories of Xbox Live. It all started 20 years ago in November 2002, bringing online connectivity to legendary games like MechAssault and Unreal Championship on the original Xbox. Xbox Live has since become an integral part of the Xbox ecosystem, gracing the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X with its presence.

But fear not, loyal gamers! While the Xbox Live branding may be going away, the service itself remains unchanged. Your Gamertag, online play, friend list, and game library are all staying put. Only the name is getting a makeover.

However, one chapter of Xbox Live is coming to an end – Games with Gold. In its prime, Games with Gold offered exciting free games every month, but its popularity dwindled over the years, especially with the rise of Xbox Game Pass. But fear not! Even though Games with Gold is retiring, you’ll still have access to any previously redeemed Xbox 360 and Xbox One games as long as you’re a Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.

What To Remember

There you have it, gamers! Xbox Game Pass Core is the next level of gaming, blending multiplayer goodness with an incredible collection of handpicked games. Remember, the full Xbox Game Pass library remains exclusive to Xbox Game Pass Console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions. If you want to see what you’re missing out on, check out our ranking of the best Xbox Game Pass games.

Get ready to level up with Xbox Game Pass Core – the evolution of Xbox Live Gold!