Xbox Live terminology will soon cease to exist; will become Game Pass Core

According to information acquired (and posted) by Twitter user, Wario64, Microsoft is planning to cease using the terms Xbox Live and Xbox Live Gold. This will be a big change, as the service has been called Xbox Live for over two decades now.

When this change goes into effect on September first, Xbox Live Gold will become known as Xbox Game Pass Core. In order to play online, and receive related benefits, users must subscribe to Game Pass Core. It will cost the same amount as existing Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, though, so there’s no need to worry there.

Of course, all existing Live memberships will be converted to Core memberships.

Meanwhile, Xbox’s Games With Gold freebies program will also come to an end in September. This isn’t surprising, given it’s seemed to be an afterthought for some time now.

One benefit of this change, though, is that Xbox Game Pass Core will offer those who subscribe to its lower tier an assortment of approximately 25 different Game Pass games. This includes:

  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Ori
  • Psychonauts 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • State of Decay 2
  • Gears 5