• Xbox is testing out removing Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games

    28 days ago - By Destructoid

    Some changes are coming down the pipeline for Xbox Live users. Today, an update to the Xbox Insiders Alpha will remove the Xbox Live Gold requirement for Party Chat, Looking 4 Groups, and multiplayer in free-to-play games.
    According to the release notes , these service changes are being flighted and tested ahead of general availability, implying they'll make their way to all Xbox users eventually.
    Microsoft had already announced it would be dropping the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games back in January, when it reversed course on a price increase for the Gold service.
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  • Xbox Live Will Soon Not Be Required For Some Xbox Features

    28 days ago - By Attack of the Fanboy

    It's long been a point of contention in the gaming community that Microsoft's Xbox Live is the most egregious requirement...
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  • Microsoft testing a feature which would no longer require Xbox Live Gold for free-to-play games

    28 days ago - By VG 247

    Microsoft is testing new features which wouldn't require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Currently available to Xbox Insiders in Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha, the feature being tested is one that would no longer require an Xbox Live Gold account in order to play multiplayer in free-to-play games. Microsoft said it is aware that titles do not currently support the Free-to-Play multiplayer testing currently available in Preview. It is currently working with studios as the titles require an update to support this service change. Titles currently not supported include Destiny 2 and Call of Duty...
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  • Knight Squad 2 brings 8-player arcade party mayhem to Switch in April

    28 days ago - By Nintendo Enthusiast

    Developer Chainsawesome Games has announced a release date of April 14, 2021 for Knight Squad 2 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC, and starting today, you can play a free preview version of the game on Steam called Knight Squad 2 Trials. This title is quite obviously the sequel to Knight Squad, which released on Switch in June of 2020, and it will provide more 8-player multiplayer online arcade party mayhem. You play as knights using normal knight weapons like laser guns, proximity mines, and boomerangs. The game contains more then 13 competitive modes. These include Juggernaut, where...
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  • Xbox Live Gold Won't be Required for Free to Play Titles, Party Chat

    Xbox Live Gold Won't be Required for Free to Play Titles, Party Chat

    28 days ago - By Gaming Bolt

    Microsoft is preparing to remove the Xbox Live Gold requirement from free to play titles on Xbox. It will also no longer be required to access Looking 4 Groups and Party Chat. These changes are currently being flighted for Xbox Insiders and should be available to all players soon.
    They arrive months after the company tried to hike the price of Xbox Live Gold. After receiving widespread backlash, Microsoft walked back its stance and also promised that free to play titles would no longer require Gold. The other features being free for all users also lends credence to rumors of Xbox Live Gold...
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