Free-to-play games are one step closer to not needing Xbox Live Gold

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What you need to know

  • Xbox Beta Insiders can now play free-to-play multiplayer games without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
  • Microsoft promised that it would remove the paywall for free-to-play games back in January.
  • Microsoft began testing the removal of the paywall with Xbox Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings last week.

Microsoft appears to be working through its testing for free-to-play games not requiring a subscription rather quickly. Just last week, Microsoft started testing the ability to play free-to-play multiplayer games without an Xbox Live Gold subscription with Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead Insiders. Now, the same ability is available for Xbox Beta Insiders.

Without the requirement of an Xbox Live Gold subscription, Xbox Beta Insiders can now play multiplayer free-to-play games and look for Groups and Party Chats.

The Xbox Insider Twitter account announced the news:

Microsoft first announced that Xbox Live Gold wouldn't be required for free-to-play multiplayer games back in January. At the time, Microsoft explained that the change would come "as soon as possible in the coming months."

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