What You Need to Know About Xbox Live Gold Going Away

Xbox Live Gold is coming to an end. Xbox Game Pass has been around for a little while now, and Xbox users are wondering what it means for Xbox Live Gold.

Stack of Xbox Live Gold Cards on display in store
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As of right now, there's not much information out about what the future holds for Xbox Live Gold memberships. It seems like Microsoft wants us to know that they're still committed to gaming in some way or another but Xbox Games Pass may be their new focus. This post will share with you everything we currently know about Xbox Live Gold going away!

Xbox Live Gold is going away although Microsoft has not specified when the program will go offline.

According to a recent streamed interview with Jeff Grubb on Giant Bomb, it is rumored that Microsoft may be eliminating the Xbox Live Gold program in the future. Grubb explains that this means a Gold subscription soon won't be required to play multiplayer games on Xbox.

"I just wanted to reiterate, Xbox Live Gold is still on a board somewhere saying ‘this is going to go away at some point’," Grubb explained. "Whether or not they’re actively talking about it right now, I don’t know, but they still have it on a roadmap saying ‘Xbox Live Gold will be dropped at some point in the future'."

Xbox Live Gold launched in July 2013 and cost $69.99 CAD for a year's membership, about the same price as PlayStation Plus, but a bit higher than Nintendo's Switch Online subscription.

In relation to when this transition might take place, Grubb hypothesized that it may still be years before Microsoft begins withdrawing Xbox Live Gold. This is due to the fact that the company wants to attain a certain number of Xbox Game Pass subscribers before it gets rid of Gold - between 40 and 50 million subscribers according to Grubb. Game Pass currently offers support for around 20 million subscribers in total.