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Xbox Game Pass Core will replace Xbox Live Gold starting from September.


From Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold to Xbox Game Pass Core

Microsoft has announced a new subscription service for Xbox owners called Xbox Game Pass Core. It will replace Xbox Live Gold and offer more benefits to subscribers. Xbox Game Pass Core will include the usual online multiplayer on console, deals and discounts, and a new small catalog of over 25 games. Some of the games available are Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, and Psychonauts 2. Microsoft plans to add new games to the catalog two to three times a year.

On September 14th, current members of Xbox Live Gold will be automatically switched over to Xbox Game Pass Core. The price will remain the same: $9.99 per month or $59.99 per year. However, On September 1st, Microsoft will be discontinuing the Games with Xbox Live Gold plan.

his means that subscribers will no longer get free games every month. Xbox 360 games that were redeemed in the past will be kept in the library, but Xbox One games will require an active subscription to Xbox Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate.

According to Jerret West, the CVP of gaming marketing at Xbox, the introduction of Xbox Game Pass Core presented an opportunity to re-evaluate how content is included in their subscription service. After careful consideration, they determined that the most effective way to create an engaging catalog was to incorporate a selection of titles from their existing Xbox Game Pass collection.
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Xbox Game Pass Core's 25 new games

The initial collection of games available on Xbox Game Pass Core will feature over 25 titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and other content partners. This diverse selection of games will provide something for every player to enjoy on their Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One console. Several titles have already been announced for the launch, with more to be revealed before September 14. Additionally, new titles will be added to the collection 2-3 times per year.
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Psychonauts 2
  • State of Decay 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • Among Us
  • Descenders
  • Dishonored 2
  • Doom Eternal
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Grounded
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Inside
  • Ori & The Will of the Wisps
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Difference between Game Pass Core and Xbox Live Gold

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Updates for current Xbox Live Gold members

  • On September 14th, existing Xbox Live Gold members will be seamlessly transitioned to Xbox Game Pass Core membership at no additional cost. They will gain immediate access to a new collection of over 25 top-quality games.
  • Member deals and discounts will also be included as part of the Xbox Game Pass Core package.
  • The Games with Gold program will be discontinued on September 1st.
  • However, players who remain subscribed to either Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate will retain access to any Xbox One games they previously redeemed through Games with Gold.
  • Additionally, any Xbox 360 titles redeemed through Games with Gold in the past will remain in a player’s library, regardless of their subscription status.
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Xbox Game Pass plans

  • Microsoft has recently increase in the monthly cost of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, from $14.99 to $16.99 (€14.99 / £12.99).
  • The monthly cost of the base Xbox Game Pass for Console has also been raised, from $9.99 to $10.99 (€10.99 / £8.99).
  • However, the monthly cost of PC Game Pass remains unchanged.
  • In addition, Microsoft has revealed its intention to discontinue the Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan in August.


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