Yep, it's this story again! You might remember all the rumours that were floating around last year about Microsoft potentially getting rid of Xbox Live Gold, and it's been claimed that's still the plan, albeit maybe not for a while.
According to industry reporter Jeff Grubb on the GrubbSnax podcast (as transcribed by VGC), dropping Xbox Live Gold is still part of the Xbox team's roadmap, but he doesn't know whether it's being actively talked about right now.
"I knew for a fact that they were going to make a change before Halo Infinite, and I thought at least it would be dropped for free-to-play games because they weren’t going to charge people to play Halo on Xbox when they weren’t charging you to play it on PC or whatever.
Then they decided to raise the price and it looked weird, right? Why would they do that if they were going to get rid of Xbox Live Gold?
I just wanted to reiterate, Xbox Live Gold is still on a board somewhere saying ‘this is going to go away at some point’. Whether or not they’re actively talking about it right now, I don’t know, but they still have it on a roadmap saying ‘Xbox Live Gold will be dropped at some point in the future’.”
Grubb went on to explain that the focus right now is getting Xbox Game Pass into a "healthy position", and so it could take years before Gold is dropped. He doesn't expect it'll be assessed until Game Pass is at least pushing 30 million subscribers, and thinks Gold probably won't go away until Game Pass is reaching around 40-50 million subs.
As he mentioned, Xbox has made some substantial changes to Gold over the past year, removing the ability to buy a year's subscription directly, taking away the Gold requirement for free-to-play games, and at one point attempting to increase its price, before quickly going back on the decision.
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