Microsoft confirms Xbox Game Pass Core and the end of Games with Gold

Microsoft has now confirmed that Xbox Game Pass Core is replacing Xbox Live Gold and that Games with Gold will soon be a thing of the past.

Microsoft confirms Xbox Game Pass Core and the end of Games with Gold
Sean Carey

Sean Carey


After leaking earlier today, Microsoft has officially announced that Xbox Game Pass Core will launch on September 14 and replace Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft has also confirmed that it's ending the Games with Gold program.

Xbox Game Pass Core is essentially a renamed Xbox Live Gold. It will cost $9.99 per month or $59.99 for the year (the same price as Gold) and includes all the usual benefits, such as access to online multiplayer. One big difference Xbox Game Pass Core includes, though, is access to a selection of titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and third-party publishers. So far, 19 games have been announced for Xbox Game Pass Core, but Microsoft says more will be revealed ahead of Core's launch on September 14 and that new titles will be added two-to-three times a year.

Xbox Game Pass Core list of games

  • 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
Microsoft confirms Xbox Game Pass Core and end of Games with Gold

Sadly, Microsoft is ending Games with Gold as of September 1, so you'll no longer have two free games to claim each month.

"With this evolution, we're saying farewell to Games with Gold," CVP of Xbox gaming marketing Jerret West said. "We wanted to use this opportunity to reimagine how to include content with this subscription. We found that the answer to the most compelling catalog was to leverage select titles from our Xbox Game Pass catalog."

Any games claimed through Games with Gold can still be accessed if you remain a Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate member. Any Xbox 360 titles redeemed via Games with Gold will stay in your library regardless of subscription status.

On September 14, all current Xbox Live Gold members will automatically have their subscription transferred over to Xbox Game Pass Core, giving them immediate access to the 25 games included in the service.

In June, Microsoft confirmed it was increasing the price of Xbox Game Pass in numerous markets across the world. It also recently announced it was ending the Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family plan preview.
Written by Sean Carey
Avid Xbox and achievement fan, Sean has committed to playing the best RPGs, racing games, and first-person shooters Xbox Game Pass and his precious free time will allow. Prior to joining TrueAchievements, Sean gained a degree in journalism from Solent University.
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