Xbox Live Gold discontinued, replaced by Xbox Game Pass Core.

Xbox Live Gold discontinued, replaced by Xbox Game Pass Core.

Farewell Xbox Live Gold, Hello Xbox Game Pass Core!

After years of speculation, Microsoft has finally made it official – Xbox Live Gold is coming to an end and making way for the exciting new Xbox Game Pass Core! This change has been a long time coming, ever since the introduction of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and its incredible online multiplayer support. It’s time to bid farewell to the old and embrace the new!

Why is this change so exciting? Well, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, while a little pricier than Xbox Live Gold, has essentially rendered the old service obsolete. Not only does it grant gamers access to online multiplayer and the free Games with Gold titles, but it also throws in the entire Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass libraries. Talk about a win-win situation! No wonder Microsoft decided to shift its focus towards enhancing the Game Pass lineup while gradually phasing out the classic Xbox Live service.

But fear not, fellow gamers! Microsoft has a plan in place. As of September 14th, Xbox Live Gold will cease to exist, to be replaced by the amazing Xbox Game Pass Core. And the best part? The pricing remains the same, with a monthly subscription costing $9.99 or an annual subscription totaling $59.99. Xbox Game Pass Core won’t include monthly free games, but it will grant subscribers access to a handpicked selection of awesome Game Pass titles. Plus, fear not if you’ve already claimed your free Games with Gold games – they will carry over to the new system. Microsoft plans to update the line-up of Xbox Game Pass Core games 2-3 times a year, keeping things fresh and exciting for all gamers.

Wait, did I mention we have a list of these fabulous Xbox Game Pass Core games? Brace yourselves for the awesomeness! 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, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Just reading these titles gets my gaming senses tingling with anticipation!

Now, I know you might be wondering how this transition will affect those still rocking the Xbox 360. While Xbox Game Pass isn’t available on the Xbox 360, fear not! Since Xbox Game Pass Core offers online multiplayer support just like Xbox Live Gold, there shouldn’t be any major changes for 360 gamers to worry about. Phew, crisis averted!

With the introduction of Xbox Game Pass Core, Xbox now has an impressive lineup of four Game Pass versions on offer: Xbox Game Pass Core, the console version of Game Pass, PC Game Pass, and of course, the all-powerful Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It remains to be seen how the gaming community will react to this change, but considering the Games with Gold program has been neglected for a while, it’s unlikely to ruffle too many feathers.

So dear gamers, get ready to venture into a new era of gaming with Xbox Game Pass Core! Say goodbye to Xbox Live Gold and embrace the future of gaming excellence. Happy gaming!