Xbox Game Pass is one of the best deals in the world of video games. However, Microsoft also has Xbox Live Gold, which has led to some confusion for gamers in the past. Now, it looks like Xbox Live Gold could go away on September 1, moving subscribers to an Xbox Game Pass subscription to have everything in one place. It will also mean canceling the Games With Gold deals in favor of a rotating library of limited Xbox Game Pass games, while still including multiplayer and other benefits.
Although Microsoft has yet to confirm the news, it has been spreading on Twitter. In fact, Wario64, the king of video game deals, was one of the first accounts to notice the message that appeared on a Korean website. Interestingly, if you click on that link, you’ll see a link to Windows Central, but clicking on that link currently gives you a 404 message. Windows Central may have posted something a bit early and the Korean site picked it up. . Either way, it looks like Xbox Live Gold is going away very soon.
If this turns out to be legitimate, then all Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be moved to what Microsoft is supposedly calling the “Main Lot.” This will cost $9.99 a month and get you online console multiplayer, a catalog of over 25 Xbox Game Pass games, and other discounts and membership benefits. This appears to be very similar to the current Xbox Live Gold offer, but Games With Gold is replaced with the catalog. This new offer joins the other Xbox Game Pass tiers that already exist, but the big benefit will likely come from the Ultimate Bundle which gives you full access to the Xbox Game Pass library and online console multiplayer.