Microsoft begins testing Xbox Game Pass Core as Xbox Live Gold replacement

Devesh Beri

According to The Verge, Microsoft is rolling out testing for Xbox Game Pass Core, a replacement for Xbox Live Gold. Xbox testers who are existing Xbox Live Gold members in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings will get a preview of the Xbox Game Pass Core this week.

The full Xbox Game Pass Core subscription will offer the standard Xbox online console multiplayer support, deals, discounts, and a new catalogue featuring over 25 games. Initially, Xbox Insiders will have access to a limited library, including titles like Psychonauts 2, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, State of Decay 2, and Doom Eternal.

According to Lily Wang, a senior product manager at Xbox, the complete library will be available at the launch on September 14th. Additionally, Microsoft will update the Xbox Live Gold branding to Game Pass Core. Testers are encouraged to report any instances of the Xbox dashboard still referring to Xbox Live Gold in the following weeks.

Xbox Game Pass Core is scheduled to launch next month, following the increase in overall Xbox Game Pass monthly prices in July. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate now costs $16.99 (€14.99 / £12.99) per month, while the base Xbox Game Pass for Console has been raised to $10.99 (€10.99 / £8.99) per month. Furthermore, Microsoft will discontinue its Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan on August 15th, and its future availability remains uncertain.