KEY POINTS

  • Xbox players will no longer need a Live Gold subscription to play free-to-play online games
  • Only 50 free-to-play games are eligible for this change so far
  • More new games will be added in the future, according to Microsoft

After years of waiting, Xbox users can now enjoy 50 free-to-play online multiplayer games without having to get an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Microsoft initially announced its plan to remove the Xbox Live Gold online requirement for free-to-play games in January, VGC reported Three months after the statement, Microsoft has finally lifted the restriction, albeit with a few temporary limitations.

The announcement was posted via the Xbox website saying that free-to-play games have been unlocked, but only 50 games will be available for now. Microsoft said this decision is part of a feedback-gathering phase, and more games will be added in the future.

In addition to the free access to the games, Microsoft has also unlocked the LFG feature and party chat for all included games as part of the Xbox April 2021 system update.

Here’s the complete list of available games as of the moment:

  • “3on3 FreeStyle”
  • “Aegis Wing”
  • “APB Reloaded”
  • “Apex Legends”
  • “Armored Warfare”
  • “Battle Islands: Commanders”
  • “Bless Unleashed”
  • “Brawlhalla”
  • “Call of Duty: Warzone”
  • “Crackdown”
  • “Crackdown 2”
  • “Crimson Alliance”
  • “Crossout”
  • “CRSED: F.O.A.D.”
  • “Darwin Project”
  • “Dauntless”
  • “DC Universe Online”
  • “Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters”
  • “Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters”
  • “Defiance 2050”
  • “Destiny 2”
  • “Doritos Crash Course”
  • “Dungeon Defenders II”
  • “Enlisted”
  • “Eternal Card Game”
  • “Family Game Night”
  • “Fishing Planet”
  • “Fortnite”
  • “Galaxy Control: Arena”
  • “Happy Wars”
  • “Harm’s Way”
  • “Hawken”
  • “Hyper Scape”
  • “Killer Instinct”
  • “Korgan”
  • “Minion Masters”
  • “Neverwinter”
  • “Outriders (Demo)”
  • “Paladins”
  • “Path of Exile”
  • “Phantasy Star Online 2”
  • “Phantom Dust”
  • “Pinball FX2”
  • “Prominence Poker”
  • “Realm Royale”
  • “Rec Room”
  • “Resident Evil Revelations 2”
  • “ROBLOX”
  • “Rocket League”
  • “Rogue Company”
  • “Skyforge”
  • “SMITE”
  • “Spacelords”
  • “Spellbreak”
  • “Star Trek Online”
  • “Techwars Global Conflict”
  • “TERA”
  • “The Four Kings Casino and Slots”
  • “Too Human”
  • “Trove”
  • “Vigor”
  • “War Thunder”
  • “Warface”
  • “Warframe”
  • “World of Tanks”
  • “World of Warships: Legends”
  • “Yaris”

The decision to lift the Xbox Live Gold membership requirement was made after the company’s controversial attempt to double the one-month price of the subscription service for no apparent benefit to consumers. The price hike idea was swiftly reverted and Microsoft took it as an “opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how [they] see the player at the center of their experience.”

Microsoft will be expanding access to its Xbox cloud gaming service to more devices including Apple's smartphones and tablets Microsoft will be expanding access to its Xbox cloud gaming service to more devices including Apple's smartphones and tablets Photo: AFP / Ina FASSBENDER