This week will see plenty of exciting news shared about the future of Xbox gaming, and this could include details concerning the future of Xbox Live Gold.
While the programme has been the main part of the Xbox One online ecosystem, the subscription system could see some big changes in the future.
And with Games with Gold August 2020 news on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how it all turns out.
For now, Microsoft has not confirmed what new free games will be released as part of next month’s Games with Gold.
This news could be shared at any time, but there’s a chance the tech giant will wait until after Thursday to spill the beans.
This is when they will be holding a big Xbox Games Showcase, where new next-gen projects will be unveiled, which will be available to play over a number of platforms.
July’s lineup was revealed on June 25, so there is still a chance we will find out about what’s coming next this week.
The Xbox Games Showcase will be focused on games, so we probably won’t find out much concerning the future of the Xbox Live Gold service then.
But Microsoft are ramping things up before launching the new Xbox Series X console, and this has led to some surprising decisions regarding Xbox Live Gold.
It has now been confirmed by the tech giant that they have intentionally removed the Xbox Live Gold 12-Month subscription option from the Microsoft Store.
Xbox confirmed the news earlier this month, without providing much of an explanation on why they had made the decision.
The Spokesperson revealed that Xbox had removed the 12 months Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store, and that customers can still sign up for a one month or three month Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Why the action was taken has not been explained, leading to a mass of speculation among gamers.
We already know that Microsoft is changing its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundle to include Project xCloud, so it will be interesting to find out if other stuff is being planned too.
Could we see a complete revamp of the subscriptions offered by Microsoft in the future? It certainly seems possible with a next-gen shift.
A number of options are open to Microsoft on what to do next, and it will be interesting to see how they look to entice gamers to use its services.
Removing or changing how Xbox Live Gold subscriptions work would open up the platform to more users, but could also mean a drop in revenue.
The gamble could pay off if more people were to use the Xbox Live platform and splash more cash to make up for any changes made to the subscription system.
Any changes to Xbox Live Gold would also affect Games with Gold, so it will be interesting to find out what will happen next with the free games service during the era of Xbox Series X.