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Last year, there was a notable transformation in PlayStation’s subscription services. Previously, users had the option to subscribe to PlayStation Plus and the streaming service PlayStation Now separately. However, these services were later merged, resulting in the introduction of three tiers for PlayStation Plus: Essential, Extra, and Premium. Meanwhile, Xbox Live Gold, Game Pass, and Game Pass Ultimate remained unaffected during that time. However, a recent announcement indicates forthcoming changes later this year, introducing a new service known as Xbox Game Pass Core.

So, what exactly is Xbox Game Pass Core? According to information provided by Xbox Wire, starting from September 14th, it will essentially replace the existing Xbox Live Gold service. However, this transition entails more than just a name change within a few weeks. The announcement clarifies that the new Core service represents the “evolution of Xbox Live Gold.” For a monthly fee of $9.99 or an annual fee of $59.99, subscribers will gain access to an advanced multiplayer network, an exclusive collection of over 25 games to enjoy with friends worldwide, and exclusive member deals.

Xbox Game Pass Core And Games With Gold

This is another big change. Xbox are saying goodbye to Games With Gold when this service changes in September. They say they “wanted to use this opportunity to re-imagine how to include content with this subscription”. To replace it they found the Game Pass Catalogue was the route to go

We found that the answer to the most compelling catalog was to leverage select titles from our Xbox Game Pass catalog.

Our launch collection of more than 25 titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and our content partners will offer something for everyone to play on their Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. Today we’re confirming the following titles for launch*, with more to be announced in advance of September 14. New titles will be added 2-3 times a year.

So what are the games coming? The list is below and they state it may vary over time and by country

  • Among Us
  • Descenders
  • Dishonored 2
  • Doom Eternal
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Grounded
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Inside
  • Ori & The Will of the Wisps
  • Psychonauts 2
  • State of Decay 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

As always we like to hear your thoughts. What about the end of Games with Gold?

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