Multiple sources are now confident that Microsoft will get rid of the paywall for Xbox multiplayer or Xbox Live Gold how the company loves to call it. The announcement could happen in the upcoming months.
Last week, Microsoft officially announced that their game streaming service xCloud is joining Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no additional cost. This would allow players to stream the full library of Xbox Game Pass games on their tablets or mobile.
Shortly after the announcement, rumours started to surface about Microsoft's plans for Xbox Live Gold which is a subscription for the multiplayer on Xbox. Several reliable sources, including Xbox insider Klobrille and VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb , hinted that Microsoft are ready to get rid of Xbox Live Gold to make the multiplayer experience free of charge.
Now, we do not know how exactly will this work if Microsoft indeed want to drop the paywall for multiplayer. It is possible that Xbox Live Gold becomes a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate package at no additional cost, similar to the earlier announcement of xCloud and Game Pass merge.
If this is indeed the case, then Xbox game Pass Ultimate for $14.99/month looks like a great deal. However, some players probably won't like this since you would have to pay a monthly subscription for xCloud and Game Pass, which is something they might not need or want.
That being said, it is safe to say that the majority of Xbox fans, especially Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers would be absolutely ecstatic with this offer if it ever happens.
Since Microsoft confirmed they will not talk about services at this week's show, we will probably have to wait a little bit longer to hear more about this potential plan.