subscription price, multiplayer, free games, all you need to know

While many bet on his death, the Xbox Live Gold subscription remains one of the pillars of Microsoft’s video game services. But it has changed a lot in its two decades of existence, especially in recent months. Prices, benefits, multiplayer, we tell you all about what has changed lately.

Xbox Live Gold

In just a few months, Microsoft has reshaped its services associated with Xbox consoles. The Xbox Live Gold subscription has notably seen some changes. The historical service is now making progress with new companions, in this case the Xbox Game Pass, whose success is growing. The Live Gold formula therefore had to evolve to take this reality and the competition into account.

The most important change in recent months concerns free multiplayer for free-to-play games. This is also the case for the functionality Xbox Party Chat which no longer requires a subscription. Integration of the Live Gold subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is another major development.

Xbox Live Gold: what is it?

Xbox Live Gold is a paid subscription service for owners of an Xbox console. It is accessible on the Xbox Live network which was renamed Xbox Network in early 2021. The latter refers to everything related to the online part of the Xbox. It is therefore not to be confused with the Live Gold subscription which is a network service, similar in many respects to the PlayStation Plus subscription at Sony.

The beginnings of Xbox Live Gold date back to the November 15, 2002 in the United States, one year to the day after the launch of the original Xbox console. It has since remained an essential service for accessing the multiplayer part of Xbox games, until the major development in free-to-play games like Fortnite and and Call of Duty Warzone. But Live Gold membership isn’t just limited to multiplayer.

What are the benefits of the Xbox Live Gold membership?

It goes without saying that Xbox Live Gold has lost some of its interest with Microsoft’s policy change. Corn it remains essential to access the multiplayer of paid games. And that is a decisive advantage which is not the only one. Here are the advantages enjoyed by subscribers:

  • The best of competitive and cooperative online multiplayer on console
  • Free games every month (Xbox Games With Gold)
  • Good deals and exclusive discounts on Microsoft Sore.
Avantages Xbox Live Gold

Competitive and cooperative online multiplayer : You get multiplayer access to all the big popular online games on the Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One (S and X) and even Xbox 360.

Xbox Games With Gold : each month, subscribers are entitled to 4 games that they can recover for free or at least at no additional cost thanks to their subscription. Two of these games are for the Xbox 360 platform, but you can access them on newer Xbox consoles thanks to the magic of backward compatibility.

Good deals and exclusive discounts on Microsoft Sore : thanks to the Live Gold subscription, you can take advantage of exclusive discounts (up to 50%) on the store. These discounts are applicable on games (Xbox Series X, Xbox One and Xbox 360), as well as on expansions and consumables.

Les Xbox Free Play Days

This is another benefit that Xbox Live Gold subscribers enjoy. The Xbox Free Play Days give you the option to play a selection of games for free only on weekends. So this is another opportunity to play games without buying them, as long as you have a Live Gold (or Game Pass Ultimate) subscription. All points earned in these games are kept in case you hang in there and decide to buy the game at the end of the free period.

Xbox Live Gold price: how much does it cost?

Xbox Live Gold membership starts at € 6.99 for one month. While it was also possible to subscribe to a semi-annual and annual subscription, Microsoft has recently stopped offering them on its Store. We therefore have only two options: that of a month at 6.99 € and the 3-month subscription at € 19.99. It is cheaper over the whole three months, but you only realize about 1 € savings over the quarter.

Finally, note that it is always possible to buy codes for 6-month and 12-month subscriptions on online sales sites. Excluding promotion, they are offered at recommended prices of € 30 and € 60 respectively. Microsoft had announced its intention to increase the prices of the Xbox Live Gold subscription in early 2021, but ultimately gave it up.

The Ultimate Game Pass is worth more than Gold

As we recalled at the beginning of the article, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes the Live Gold subscription. For € 6 more, or € 12.99 per month, this service offers you many more advantages. It is also a way to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold, while enjoying a more complete service.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate / Live Gold

  • Go to more than 100 games on Xbox, PC and smartphone
  • The catalog changes every month
  • Play Xbox Game Studios titles right out of the box (ex : Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5)
  • Exclusive discounts reserved for members
  • Go to Xbox Cloud Gaming (formerly Project xCloud)
  • Xbox Live Gold
  • Access at no extra cost to EA Play entitling you to a selection of the best EA games on both console and PC.

Is it still appropriate to take an Xbox Live Gold subscription?

In view of all of the above, it is quite legitimate to wonder about the advisability of an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The service has certainly evolved a lot, but not in the direction that reinforces its raison d’être. Quite the contrary. But make no mistake: Xbox Live Gold remains essential in that it is essential to play online with paid games. And there are many whose multiplayer component brings people together.

If you don’t play online at all, this service won’t be of much use to you.. Same if you are playing multiplayer, but only on free-to-play games like Fortnite and Warzone. A simple Xbox Network subscription (free) will allow you to compete against players from all over the world, but also to benefit from other essential features such as connecting your console to the Internet and downloading games from the Microsoft Store.

For those who play multiplayer on paid titles on the other hand, the right question to ask is not whether it is useful to subscribe to Live Gold, but rather whether to take it alone or via the Ultimate Ultimate Game Pass Membership. To be honest, this service is well worth the price considering the benefits it offers. For € 6 more, you don’t have to think long.

Xbox Games With Gold: games offered in 2021

Each month, Xbox Live Gold subscribers get 4 free downloadable games. Two games for the Xbox One and Series X / S platforms and two more for the Xbox 360. Thanks to backward compatibility, those who own an Xbox One or an Xbox Series X / S can access the full set of games offered each month .

  • The Escapists 2 : from 1is as of December 31, 2021 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Tropico 5 – Penultiumate Edition : December 16, 2021 to January 15, 2022 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Orcs Must Die ! : from 1is au 15 décembre 2022 sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet : December 16 to 31, 2021 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S.

November 2021

  • Moving Out : November 1-30 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Kingdom Two Crowns : November 16 to December 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Rocket Knight : du 1er au 15 novembre sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes : du 16 au 30 novembre sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.

October 2021

  • Aaero : October 1-31 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Hover : October 16 to November 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Castlevania : Harmony of Despair : du 1er au 15 octobre sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Resident Evil Code : Veronica X : October 16-31 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S.
  • Warhammer : Chaosbane : September 1-30 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Mulaka : September 16 to October 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection : du 1er au 15 septembre sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Samurai Shodown II : du 16 au 30 septembre sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.

August 2021

  • Darksiders III : August 1-31 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Yooka-Laylee : August 16 to September 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Lost Planet 3 : August 1 to 15 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Garou : Mark of the Wolves  : du 16 au 31 août sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.

July 2021

  • Planet Alpha : July 1-31 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Rock of Ages 3 : Make & Break: July 16 to August 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Conker : Live & Reloaded : July 1-15 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Midway Arcade Origins : July 16-31 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S.

June 2021

  • The King’s Bird : June 1-30 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Shadows : Awakening : June 16 to July 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum : du 1er au 15 juin sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Injustice : Gods Among Us : du 16 au 30 juin sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.

May 2021

  • Armello : du 1er au 31 mai sur Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Dungeons 3 : May 16 to June 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Lego Batman : du 1er au 15 mai sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Tropico 4 : du 16 au 31 mai sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.

Avril 2021

  • Vikings : Wolves of Midgard : du 1er au 30 avril sur Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Truck Racing Championship : April 16 to May 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Dark Void : du 1er au 15 avril sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Hard Corps : Uprising : du 16 au 30 avril sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.

Mars 2021

  • Warface : Breakout : du 1er au 31 mars sur Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse : March 16 to April 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Metal Slug 3 : du 1er au 15 mars sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Port Royale 3 : du 16 au 31 mars sur Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

February 2021

  • Gears 5 : February 1–28 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Resident Evil : February 1–28 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Dandara : Trials of Fear Edition : February 16 to March 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Emperor : February 1 to 15 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Lost Planet 2 : February 16-28 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S.

January 2021

  • Little Nightmares : January 1-31 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Dead Rising : January 16 to February 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • The King of Fighters XIII : January 1-15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S
  • Breakdown : January 16-31 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S.

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