Talking Point: Could Xbox Live Gold Be Phased Out In The Near Future?

Earlier this week, industry insider Jeff Grubb highlighted Xbox Live Gold in an article on VentureBeat, explaining that he felt Microsoft might talk about the future of the service at this month's Xbox Games Showcase on July 23, and questioning whether it might be time to phase it out due to its outdated nature.

And he makes a fair point. Xbox Live Gold was traditionally always the focus of Microsoft's online gaming suite, but it feels like it's taken a backseat compared to Xbox Game Pass over the past year-or-so, which actually includes Gold membership as part of its Ultimate plan anyway.

And then there's Xbox Games with Gold, which hasn't given away too many blockbuster games in 2020. Meanwhile, the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, No Man's Sky and countless other high-profile titles have been added to Xbox Game Pass in recent months, clearly positioning it as the key focus moving forward.

So, what do you think? Is it time for Microsoft to phase out Xbox Live Gold and focus on a new way of integrating online multiplayer and occasional 'free' games? Or is the service fine as it is, and possibly just requires a bit more attention throughout the Xbox Series X generation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Is It Time For Xbox Live Gold To Be Phased Out?