After canceling the 12-yearly Xbox Live Gold subscription service, many media and players speculated that Microsoft might change its name or turn off the Xbox Live service. However, in a statement submitted tomedia The Verge today, Microsoft said it had no plans to rename Xbox Live and had no plans to stop the Xbox Live Gold service.
“Updates in the ‘Xbox Online Services’ in Microsoft’s Terms of Service involve optimization of Xbox services, including cross-platform savings and friend requests,” the statement read. This language update is designed to distinguish between this underlying service and a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription. There are currently no plans to make any changes to the service or the Xbox Live Gold experience. “
While it’s clear that Xbox Live Gold won’t go away, Microsoft’s statement doesn’t mean the service won’t be free at some point in the future. Microsoft is still asking Xbox One users and potential Xbox Series X users to buy An Xbox Live Gold subscription to play multiplayer games online. However, Windows 10 players don’t need the same subscription for Xbox Live feature games.