While there are no changes to Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Xbox Live Gold membership will no longer be required to play free-to-play games on Xbox. This is a massive step for the gaming world and all of the Xbox users. The change was announced on the official Xbox website today.
Xbox has stated the following:
We messed up today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.
We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience. For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member already, you stay at your current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for the same prices they pay today. In the US, $9.99 for 1-month, $24.99 for 3-months, $39.99 for 6-months and $59.99 for retail 12-months.
If this statement becomes a reality, then Halo Infinite may be the biggest surprise for the Halo community. This has a considerable meaning for Halo Infinite Multiplayer. With its free-to-play tag, Xbox users won’t be required to Xbox Live Gold subscription, further gathering and allowing everyone to play.