We have long felt that Xbox Game Pass, the service that allows millions of players today to use what may seem to many a sort of Netflix of video games, is destined to one day replace the most ancient. Xbox Live Gold.
Now, however, rumors are multiplying on the net that Microsoft is already planning to pull the plug on the historic service.
Xbox Live Gold ready to give way to Xbox Game Pass?
As reported by Jeff Grubb, which revealed some details in a recent streaming on Giant Bomb, a Microsoft insider would have confirmed that the company is only waiting to increase the use of Xbox Game Pass a little more, before definitively closing the Live Gold chapter . And as already anticipated in recent months by various rumors, to play Xbox multiplayer titles it will no longer be necessary to have an active Gold subscription (which has already happened for free-to-play games such as Fortnite or Apex Legends for a few weeks).
“Whether or not they’re actively talking about it right now, I don’t know, but they still have a roadmap that says ‘Xbox Live Gold will be dropped at some point in the future’.”
According to Grubb, Microsoft would like to reach the quota of 40/50 million subscribers to the Game Pass, while at the moment the figure is around 20 million. In short, we would be halfway there.
It is therefore not clear when this handover will take place (and it could still be a long way off) but, although it is still a simple rumor, considering the amazing success obtained by Microsoft’s Game Pass, it is not difficult to think that this is actually the case.