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Microsoft makes Xbox Party Chat free as part of its Xbox Live free-to-play changes

Xbox Insiders in Alpha Skip Ahead & Alpha today we are flighting some new features. Multiplayer in Free-to-play games, Looking 4 Groups and Party Chat on Xbox no longer requires an Xbox Live Gold membership as we flight and test these service changes ahead of general availability

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darthv7279d ago

smart move, only took them long enough.

AngelicIceDiamond79d ago

Right, if MS wants more users they need break down some of that pay wall and make basic features and games free. Finally they're doing this.

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ABizzel178d ago

Features aren't the end of the world.

They need to get their AAA games out and have them be amazing, on top of branding and marketing in new markets and maximizing NA and EU. Their goal should be getting back to Xbox 360 global sales.

They have great hardware in the Series X, and technically a low entry point in the Series S (which needs a complete rehaul / marketing push when they can get the price together).

Sayai jin79d ago (Edited 79d ago )

Agreed. Way to long.

TheExecutioner79d ago (Edited 79d ago )

They made it for free because they are planing for paid premium service in the future. When will you think like an adult if you are already rather than putting childish comments

Father__Merrin78d ago

Deffo an increase coming. Something like gamepass premium gamepass ultimate etc etc and possibly tuning down live gold

VenomCarnage8978d ago

Party chat was locked behind a paywall this entire time on xbox? I never knew that and as cool as it is that they're changing it for the better, but it's honestly crazy that it was ever locked behind that wall to begin with.

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XiNatsuDragnel79d ago

Excellent move hopefully Sony can respond accordingly to something else free *cough* online.

darthv7279d ago

If we are making a wish list... I'd wish for free cloud saves instead of having to be a + member.

Highrevz79d ago

This would mean so much to me, I’ve lost hundreds of hours worth of saves on PlayStation.

spicelicka78d ago

THIS. Stupidest policy ever. Backing up and transferring saves shouldn't be a challenge in this day and age.

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neutralgamer199279d ago

Never gonna happen psn alone generated more money in 2018 than the whole of xbox and nintendo division. And I would imagine that number has only gone up. Psn plus and XBlive are here to stay because that's free money. Also get ready for a prove hike soon with both, ms tried to double the price soon they will increase it and sony will too. These companies keep pushing the envelope to see how far they can push it before they get resistance

ProLogY79d ago

Got any sources on that? I'm very dubious of that claim.

thesoftware73079d ago (Edited 79d ago )

In 2018 huh.

I think we are in 2021 and earning so far do not show this same situation, especially with Nintendo being on fire right now.

But I get what you are saying, the service generate too much $$$

InUrFoxHole79d ago

In 2018 I scored 4 touchdowns in my High school championship game to earn us the win!
-Al Bundy

Ausbo79d ago

PlayStation network made more money than Xbox. Not PlayStation plus. This includes game sales.

ProLogY79d ago

Ah that included games and DLC sales. That makes more sense, I thought this was on PSN+ revenue alone. Still I was wrong, thanks for the source P_Bomb.

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LucasRuinedChildhood79d ago

Hasn't this been free on PlayStation since it was introduced on the Vita almost a decade ago?. Jesus, I can't believe the Vita is that old. haha

CptDville79d ago

You don't need PSN Subscription to play F2P games online nor use party chat.

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Knightofelemia79d ago (Edited 79d ago )

I like free cloud saves on Xbox Sony you have to pay for that I hate paying to have a party chat with friends on Xbox when it's free on Playstation. We shall see how this pans out I just hope they keep it up it's a party chat you can still bull shit with your friends while not even playing the same online game. I just hope Microsoft does not buy Discord I have a feeling Discord will turn south if Microsoft snags them up.

Highrevz79d ago

I’d rather Microsoft not buy it as I hoped it would be the app that solves cross play chat issues.

A lot of games do have cross chat but it’s never been brilliant, then there’s games like Rocket League that don’t have any form of voice chat across different platforms.

sourOG79d ago

“ The removal came after Microsoft was forced to reverse a price hike to its Xbox Live Gold subscriptions earlier this year.”
Yes good keep reversing, you’re not out of your fancy mansion driveway yet. I joke but it’s a cool move. Free f2p and party chat (didn’t even know you had to pay for that) is cool. It doesn’t apply to me though, keep going. Free online with gamepass?

isarai79d ago

Yeah i wasnt aware party chat was a paid feature either, that blows

DJStotty79d ago

I think the following is correct :-

You can chat one on one with a person of your choosing for free.

But you needed gold to join a party chat.

Good for those that only play f2p games.