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Online Multiplayer for Free-to-Play Games Unlocked Starting Today

From Xbox Wire: "Today, we are sharing more details on our plans to make online multiplayer in free-to-play games available on Xbox without an Xbox Live Gold membership. As part of listening to your feedback, this change will take place starting today, and all Xbox players will be able to access online multiplayer at no charge for a library of over 50 free-to-play games that support online multiplayer."

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Ryushaa23d ago

This wasn't a thing on Xbox? Well, better late then never, but god damn. People tend to give Sony a more hard time on bad decisions when comparing Xbox bad decisions

aquamala23d ago

Sony does make you pay for PS+ for cloud saves when MS doesn’t

LOGICWINS23d ago

The people who are really into online play typically already have a subscription. The people who don't already have a Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Network subscription typically don't care about online...hence why this flew under the radar.

fr0sty23d ago

Except it didn't, and people made so much of a fuss about it MS eventually caved.

Zeref23d ago

It's still called Xbox Live Gold btw 😂

LOGICWINS23d ago

@Zeref That proves my point. I care so little about playing online that I don't even know the proper term for it on Xbox lol.

OneGreenMRAJ23d ago (Edited 23d ago )

The frontrunner often tends to get the lion's share of the hate Agreed though, better late than never. Not much of an Xbox guy, but credit where it's due.

roadkillers23d ago

Microsoft got a lot for the DRM and 360 breaking back in the day. Microsoft has been killing it this gen. The only thing they are lacking is the amount of quality first party titles both Nintendo and Sony put out

LOGICWINS23d ago

Hopefully, we get some new mature IPs on Xbox. Love RPGs/JRPGs, but there aren't many mature ones like Witcher 3, Mass Effect, and Yakuza Like A Dragon

Looking forward to Avowed and Fable, but those are 2023 titles if we're being honest.

Sayai jin23d ago

People give both companies their ire when they make foolish decisions or don't match what their competitors have...i.e. enabling being able to change your PSN name in 2019 or raising the price of XBL Gold by 100%.

Zeref23d ago

We've been asking for this to change for years now, people just got used to it because it wasn't that big of a deal, because, let's be real here if you're playing online you most likely have gold anyway.

They're only doing it now mostly because Halo Infinite will be free to play.

Now we need multiplayer to be free entirely.

Obscure_Observer23d ago

"People tend to give Sony a more hard time on bad decisions when comparing Xbox bad decisions"

Nah. I think Sony will know the definition of "hard time" IF MS don´t raise up the price of the upcoming new Xbox first party titles.

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Christopher23d ago

An improvement, but interesting to see a game list rather than just say all F2P games. Good job Microsoft. Keep pushing that competition.

isarai23d ago

Yeah I dont get why a select list, but better than nothing

LOGICWINS23d ago

Nice! I might actually download Warzone now lol

Petebloodyonion23d ago

Better late than never I guess.
One problem fix and 1 more win for the consumer.

Now let's hope that they fix the real issue with Xbox Live Gold and PS+ meaning mandatory to play online.

CBaoth22d ago (Edited 22d ago )

I agree but not going away anytime soon. Look how both companies have benefited from online subscriptions. The 360 and X1 turned a profit despite RROD, extended warranties, and virtually nonexistent sales from Asian and mainland European regions. Sony, with real financial troubles stemming from the 7th gen, gained nearly 100 billion off the PS brand this past gen alone. Nintendo, even with their half-assed attempt, joined the fracas because that honey is too sweet to pass up.

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