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Microsoft Claims There Are "No Changes Being Made" to Xbox Live Gold

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Microsoft has attempted to clarify recent reports that Xbox Live Gold could be phased out in the near future, saying that no changes are coming to the service.

Over the past month, Xbox has stopped the sale of 12-month Xbox Live Gold memberships, rolled Project xCloud into the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, confirmed Halo Infinite's multiplayer will be free-to-play, and most recently Microsoft removed many references to Xbox Live in its terms of service, replaced with "Xbox online service".

These facts, plus reports from industry insiders that the multiplayer pay-wall may be removed going into next-gen, led to speculation that Xbox Live Gold would be discontinued.

However, Microsoft has now given a statement to VGC in an attempt to clarify the situation.

"The update to ‘Xbox online service’ in the Microsoft Services Agreement refers to the underlying Xbox service that includes features like cross-saves and friend requests.

"This language update is intended to distinguish that underlying service, and the paid Xbox Live Gold subscription.

"There are no changes being made to the experience of the service or Xbox Live Gold."

This would seem to clear things up, then, although it doesn't address whether Xbox Live Gold will be discontinued entirely, just that "no changes being made to the experience of... Xbox Live Gold". We'll have to wait and see what announcements Microsoft makes in regards to its online service for Xbox Series X, with another August Xbox event expected to be announced within the next few weeks, possible to reveal the rumoured Lockhart console.

Xbox Series X launches later this year in Holiday 2020.

[via VGC]


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US November 22, 2013
Europe November 22, 2013
Japan September 04, 2014

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