After nearly twenty years, Xbox Live Gold is ending with Microsoft setting a September 14th shuttering of service date. In addition, Games with Gold is also ending on September 1st.
In their place will be Xbox Game Pass Core, a cheaper and more basic version of Microsoft’s Game Pass service. This essentially turns Game Pass into a three-tier subscription service – Core, Regular (PC or Console), and Ultimate – not unlike Sony’s PlayStation Plus subscription service.
Xbox Game Pass Core offers online multiplayer and a curated selection of 25 games to play. The service will cost USD$10 a month or USD$60 per year.
Players will be able to access games they’ve downloaded via the Games with Gold program – however in order to keep any Xbox One titles, you’ll need to remain a Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate subscriber (360 games are exempt).
Existing Xbox Live Gold subscribers will automatically convert to Game Pass Core on September 14th. The launch title line-up is: Among Us, Descenders, Dishonored 2, Doom Eternal, Fable Anniversary, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Grounded, Halo 5: Guardians, Halo Wars 2, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Human Fall Flat, Inside, Ori & The Will of the Wisps, Psychonauts 2, State of Decay 2, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.
Microsoft says it will add new games to Game Pass Core two to three times each year.
Source: Xbox News