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Online Restrictions Eased on Xbox Live Gold Today

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While previously on Xbox you need an active subscription to Xbox Live Gold in order to play even free games, today is the first day that no longer is the case. Microsoft has taken to the Xbox Wire to announce that the previous restrictions are now a thing of the past and you can play free-to-play games as intended on your Xbox.

It is nice to see Xbox join PlayStation and Switch on this as previously both the other two consoles didn’t require an active subscription in order to enjoy free-to-play games on their respective platform. Today’s opening of the walled garden includes over 50 free-to-play games that are now truly free on Xbox, as it was intended.

  • 3on3 FreeStyle
  • Aegis Wing
  • APB Reloaded
  • Apex Legends
  • Armored Warfare
  • Battle Islands: Commanders
  • Bless Unleashed
  • Brawlhalla
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Crackdown
  • Crackdown 2
  • Crimson Alliance
  • Crossout
  • CRSED: F.O.A.D.
  • Darwin Project
  • Dauntless
  • DC Universe Online
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters
  • Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters
  • Defiance 2050
  • Destiny 2
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Dungeon Defenders II
  • Enlisted
  • Eternal Card Game
  • Family Game Night
  • Fishing Planet
  • Fortnite
  • Galaxy Control: Arena
  • Happy Wars
  • Harm’s Way
  • Hawken
  • Hyper Scape
  • Killer Instinct
  • Korgan
  • Minion Masters
  • Neverwinter
  • Outriders (Demo)
  • Paladins
  • Path of Exile
  • Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Phantom Dust
  • Pinball FX2
  • Prominence Poker
  • Realm Royale
  • Rec Room
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • ROBLOX
  • Rocket League
  • Rogue Company
  • Skyforge
  • SMITE
  • Spacelords
  • Spellbreak
  • Star Trek Online
  • Techwars Global Conflict
  • TERA
  • The Four Kings Casino and Slots
  • Too Human
  • Trove
  • Vigor
  • War Thunder
  • Warface
  • Warframe
  • World of Tanks
  • World of Warships: Legends
  • Yaris

After years of being hidden behind a subscription fee, it’s great to see Microsoft respond to criticism in a positive way. While Xbox wanted to increase the pricing on Xbox Live Gold before backtracking due to fan outcry, it seems the company has gone a step beyond what was expected.

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