Gamers everywhere, specifically Xboxers, have been pouring some out for Xbox Live Gold amid all the rumors of its demise. It all started when Microsoft discontinued the annual membership opportunity and even went so far as to remove all references from their Terms and Services.
These are gamers, Microsoft. They don’t miss anything, as you can clearly see.
That term “Xbox online service” really stuck in the craw of the more advanced gamer. Xbox Live Gold is a sweet deal and many gamers live on that annual commitment of digital goodies. So, to think it could disappear really caused a few Xboxers to get butthurt fast.
Microsoft has finally understood the raucous they caused and have put a wet blanket on all that talk.
Xbox Live Gold Stays in Power
Gaming publications almost immediately began reaching out to Microsoft for comment on the rumor mill spinning out of control related to Xbox Live Gold. Fortunately, the obligatory anonymous mouthpiece from Microsoft has provided a statement:
The update to ‘Xbox online service’ in the Microsoft Services Agreement refers to the underlying Xbox service that includes features like cross-saves and friend requests. This language update is intended to distinguish that underlying service, and the paid Xbox Live Gold subscription. There are no changes being made to the experience of the service or Xbox Live Gold.Microsoft talking head via gamespot
Okay, Xboxers. It’s definite, so come down from the ledge. Xbox Live Gold won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, but…changes could still be looming. Recently, Halo Infinite multiplayer was made to be just that–infinite, as in “free to play.” Had Microsoft not done that, players would be charged for a service that’s already free to a PC base. Not cool.
One other thing, don’t think Xbox Live Gold is safe from the corporate guillotine. If Xbox Game Pass subscriptions reach a critical mass, well…it’s all about the Benjamins.