As Of Today, Free Games No Longer Require Xbox Live Gold

Microsoft has announced today that the Xbox Live Gold restriction has officially been removed from all free-to-play games on the Xbox platform, meaning that you don't need to pay anything in order to play them on your Xbox console.

The decision to do this was originally announced back in January following a negative reaction to a planned (and later reversed) Xbox Live Gold price hike, and Xbox Insiders have been testing the removal of the Gold requirement for a few weeks now. In all, over 50 games will now be entirely free-to-play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

"Today, we are sharing more details on our plans to make online multiplayer in free-to-play games available on Xbox without an Xbox Live Gold membership.

As part of listening to your feedback, this change will take place starting today, and all Xbox players will be able to access online multiplayer at no charge for a library of over 50 free-to-play games that support online multiplayer."

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