One of the outstanding criticisms of the Xbox ecosystem despite their player conscious focus has been requiring players to have Xbox Live Gold to play free to play titles online. A few months ago Xbox reaffirmed it’s commitment to remove the pay wall, and as of today that has been accomplished.
Via the Xbox Blog, the following statement was made:
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.
To note, this also includes the capability for party chat and looking for groups as well.
This was long overdue so it’s great to see Xbox finalizing it for the future. It goes without saying that we knew Xbox would have this updated prior to Halo Infinite’s launch being that its multiplayer will be free to play!