Starting today, Xbox free-to-play games are truly free. As Xbox Live subscriptions are no longer required to play them.
Today marks a historic day for Xbox gamers. Free-to-play games on Xbox are now truly free. Xbox Live Gold is not needed. Ever since Xbox Live started with the original Xbox, players required paid subscription to Xbox Live, to enjoy online games.
Whereas, other consoles had no such limitations. Although, no other consoles could provide such a smooth and strong online service. Hence, Xbox Live became massively popular with games like Halo giving rise to online gaming on consoles.
On the other hand, PlayStation and Nintendo owners always had free multiplayer till PS3 and Wii U days. They introduced paid service with PS4 and Switch, but free-to-play games were still free. Unlike Xbox 360 or Xbox One. Which kind of put Microsoft behind, because some of the most popular games are free right now. Fortnite, Apex, Warzone, etc.
Microsoft announced this back in January after receiving huge backlash trying to hike Xbox Live Gold prices. Since last month, reviewers and alpha testers revealed that they were testing free-to-play games, without Xbox Live Gold.
Now finally from today, Xbox players can now enjoy their favorite free games without having to worry about subscriptions getting expired. A very big advantage for gamers on the budget. As times are tougher now, more people will weigh in on the expenses of gaming on different platforms.
Considering the variety of options Xbox now provides, Game Pass, free to play games without Xbox Live Gold. People will be inclined towards Xbox consoles. Additionally, there are well over 50 online games that can be played without Xbox Live. Including Apex Legends, Call Of Duty: Warzone, Warframe, Destiny 2, Fortnite, Rocket League, Trove, and many more.