Xbox Live Gold Is Becoming Xbox Game Pass Core, Will Include Over 25 Game Pass Games

Published: July 17, 2023 9:11 AM /


An Xbox Game Pass Core banner advertising Psychonauts, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Fallout 76, Forza, and Grounded

Xbox has announced that Xbox Live Gold is getting a rework in the form of a new service called Xbox Game Pass Core.

Per a new post on the official Xbox website, Game Pass Core is an "evolution" of Xbox Live Gold. It'll cost $9.99 and will grant access to online multiplayer, exclusive deals, and a library of "more than 25 titles" currently available on Game Pass.

In addition to the new service's announcement, Microsoft is also sunsetting Xbox Games With Gold, which makes a lot of sense. Recent lineups have arguably been somewhat tepid, and replacing these games with select Game Pass titles is a logical step.

A collage view of the games available with Xbox Game Pass Core at launch, including Doom Eternal, Dishonored 2, and more
Xbox Game Pass Core is replacing Xbox Live Gold later this year.

Here are just some of the games that will be in the lineup of Xbox Game Pass Core titles at launch. More will be announced ahead of the new service's September launch.

  • 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

According to Microsoft, more games will be added to Xbox Game Pass Core "2-3 times a year", although we don't know what the selection process will be just yet. In any case, this means there are now four Xbox Game Pass tiers: Core, Console, PC, and Ultimate.

If you're currently an Xbox Live Gold member, you'll automatically become a Game Pass Core member when the service launches.

Games with Gold will end on September 1st, but you can still play Xbox One Games with Gold games you've redeemed if you're a Game Pass Core or Ultimate member. Xbox 360 games redeemed this way will remain in your library "regardless of subscription status".

Xbox Game Pass Core launches on September 14th for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S users. Stay tuned for more news on this.


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