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Microsoft replaces Xbox Live Gold with Game Pass Core

It’s a bold step into the future of gaming, and it will be interesting to see how this move plays out in the competitive landscape of the gaming industry.

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Microsoft has announced the replacement of its Xbox Live Gold service with the new Xbox Game Pass Core. This change was announced on July 17, 2023, and is a clear demonstration of Microsoft’s commitment to enhancing the gaming experience for its users.

The Xbox Live Gold service, a long-standing pillar of Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem, has been the gateway to multiplayer gaming and a selection of free monthly games for Xbox users.

However, with the introduction of the Xbox Game Pass Core, Microsoft is poised to take a giant leap forward.

The Game Pass Core is not just a simple replacement; it’s an upgrade. It promises to offer more than its predecessor, including access to a vast library of games, multiplayer capabilities, and other perks that were previously exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members.

MembershipPrice per MonthPrice per Year
Xbox Game Pass Core$9.99 USD$59.99 USD
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate$16.99 USDN/A
Xbox Live Gold (Discontinued)N/AN/A

This new service is designed to be a one-stop solution for gamers, offering a comprehensive gaming experience under one roof

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Here are just a taste of what awaits you:

  • 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 Fla
Ori & The Will of the Wisps
Psychonauts 2
State of Decay 2 -The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Remember, your game library may vary over time and by country, so keep your eyes peeled for those awesome updates!

Microsoft’s decision to replace Xbox Live Gold with Game Pass Core is a testament to the company’s forward-thinking approach. It’s a move that reflects the evolving needs of gamers in a world where digital content and subscription services are becoming the norm.

It’s a nod to the Netflix-style consumption of games, where users can access a plethora of games for a monthly fee rather than purchasing each game individually. This shift in strategy is also indicative of the broader trends in the tech industry.

Just as Apple transitioned from selling individual songs on iTunes to offering a vast music library through Apple Music, Microsoft is adapting to the changing landscape of the gaming industry.

However, it’s important to note that with any change comes potential challenges. Microsoft will need to ensure that the transition is smooth for its existing Xbox Live Gold users and that the new service delivers on its promises.

It’s a bold step into the future of gaming, and it will be interesting to see how this move plays out in the competitive landscape of the gaming industry.

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