Xbox has announced plans to phase out its Xbox Live Gold subscription offering in favour of a brand-new tier of Xbox Game Pass dubbed Xbox Game Pass Core.
Starting on September 14 (potentially September 15 in AEST), Gold subscribers will find themselves moved across to the new subscription – which will cost exactly the same as Gold does now – and benefit from an entry-level version of the Xbox Game Pass library. Meanwhile, Games With Gold will cease to be offered starting on September 1.
What Is Xbox Game Pass Core?
Xbox Game Pass core combines the online multiplayer benefits of Xbox Live Gold with some components of the Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate tiers, including Game Pass member deals and discounts and a smaller, less regularly updated library of games for members to download and play for as long as they have an active subscription.
How Much Will It Cost?
Replacing the current Xbox Live Gold pricing, Xbox Game Pass Core will cost $10.95 AUD per month or $79.95 for a prepaid yearly subscription.
Xbox hasn’t confirmed the complete selection of titles in the first wave of Xbox Game Pass Core games, but there will be more than 25 in total and new titles will be added 2-3 times a year. The initial games announced so far are:
Forza Horizon 4
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo Wars 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Human Fall Flat
Ori & The Will of the Wisps
What Happens To My Games With Gold Titles?
Previous Xbox Live Gold subscribers who have redeemed Xbox One titles through the monthly Games With Gold will continue to have access to them for as long as they remain a Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate member, and any Xbox 360 titles redeemed via GWG will be kept in players’ libraries permanently.