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Xbox One and Series X Free-to-Play Games Don’t Need Xbox Live Gold Now

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People no longer need Xbox Live Gold to play free-to-play Xbox One and Xbox Series X games online. Microsoft confirmed that all multiplayer games will no longer require a membership to play online. However, paid games with online components will still require Xbox Live Gold.

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The announcement included a list of games now playable as a result of the change. Here are some of the more notable free-to-play Xbox One games with online elements people can take part in without Xbox Live Gold now.

Microsoft announced the removal of the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games back in January 2021. It came after a negative response to the company suggesting it would increase the price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.


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