Some users think that Microsoft could change its strategy in relation to Xbox Live Gold, allowing the online gaming service to be accessible for free to players.
There are some indications that can be interpreted as a change in the system of Microsoft’s online gaming service, as mentioned by some sources.
It all started with the rumor that the Halo Infinite dead player will be free. A data that was corroborated by different sources that mentioned a free-to-play multiplayer experience for Halo Infinite, and that was already officially confirmed by Microsoft.
In that context, Jeff Grubb, a journalist for Venture Beat, mentioned on his Twitter account that this would only be a possibility if the dynamics of Xbox Live Gold disappeared, since prices were a great barrier for players.
These words created a long conversation thread on Twitter with very opposing views on that rumor. But Grubb kept his stance, and his declaration that Xbox Live Gold is going away, to open the doors to free multiplayer, earned more than 1000 likes and opened new discussions.
But this is not all. Tom Warren, editor of The Verge, also mentioned a fun fact on Twitter: Microsoft removed 12-month and 24-month subscriptions from Xbox Live Gold. A piece of information that fuels the rumor that Microsoft is evaluating a new strategy. Maybe it’s just a simple Xbox policy change, a service integration, or a more radical strategy like ditching Xbox Live Gold.
At the moment, they are only assumptions and rumors, but there are still no official comments that confirm or deny these versions.