Rumour: Free Xbox Live Multiplayer 'Close To Being A Sure Thing'© Xbox

Recently, Microsoft has confirmed that yearly subscriptions to its Xbox Live Gold service have been removed from the Microsoft Store, leading to speculation that major changes might be on the way.

Some fans have even suggested that the company might phase it out entirely and make Xbox Live multiplayer completely free, and according to a noted industry insider, that could actually become a reality.

Speaking on a recent Crossfire podcast, VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb was asked about the rumour and revealed that while he wasn't 100% sure, he'd heard there was a good chance multiplayer was going free:

"I think I've pretty much heard that. You know, I'm not going to say that's 100%, but I think that seems very close to being a sure thing."

Grubb talked in the podcast about how Xbox Live Gold "is not long for this world" and will be "heading out" as part of the shake-up. He also alleviated the host's fears that Xbox Live Gold might instead be combined with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate by stating, "I wouldn't worry about that if I were you."

Of course, even Grubb himself says he can't be 100% sure on this one, so we suggest still taking it with a pinch of salt for now. However, we've at least got some kind of indication that free Xbox Live multiplayer might be possible, so we can only hope Microsoft drops a big announcement on us in the near future!

Are you buying it? Do you think Xbox Live multiplayer will go free? Share your thoughts in the comments.

[source youtube.com, via reddit.com]