Microsoft has begun testing its option to uninstall Xbox Live Gold membership, which is required in multiplayer games for free-to-play games. The test also includes making group chat free for non-Gold subscribers.
As you may recall, the company announced earlier this year that it would make a number of changes to ensure that Xbox Live Gold membership is not needed to play free-to-play games like Fortnite and Apex Legends online.
The era of paying for free games is coming to an end
Microsoft is now testing an update that makes this policy change possible. Moreover, in a surprise addition, the fact that the group chat became open to non-Gold subscribers was also greeted with excitement by the players. Thanks to this update, all Xbox players will now be able to enjoy free games without paying extra.
Microsoft’s decision to remove the payment requirement for free multiplayer games came in late January when it reversed course on a planned Live Gold price increase.
When the policy change is introduced for everyone later this year, it will make Microsoft compatible with both Sony and Nintendo. And when players want to play free games, none of them will have to subscribe to their “premium” multiplayer service.