A cheap Games Pass tier is coming in September

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Pictured: Xbox Games Pass Core lineup
// Games Pass Core begins where Xbox Live ends
Fergus Halliday
Jul 18, 2023
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Published on July 17, 2023

Microsoft is replacing Xbox Live Gold with an affordable addition to the Games Pass roster.

Branded as Xbox Games Pass Core, the new subscription tier sits below the previous bottom end of the lineup at $10.95 per month or $79.95 per year. It includes a small collection of 25 or so titles from the Games Pass catalogue, including:

  • 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, fresh titles will be added to Xbox Games Pass Core several times a year and the full list may vary based on your region. Subscribers can also expect the same members-only deals and discounts seen in other tiers of Microsoft's game streaming service.

The move comes following a recent price-hike for Xbox Games Pass subscribers and alongside the news that Microsoft's older Xbox Live Gold subscription will be concluded.

Games with Gold will be coming to an end as of September and once Core launches, existing Xbox Live Gold customers will be transitioned over to the new service.

These customers will still be able to access any Xbox One titles they previously redeemed through Games with Gold so long as they remain a Game Pass Core or Game Pass Ultimate member. Xbox 360 titles claimed via Games With Gold will remain accessible regardless of subscription status.

Xbox Games Pass Core is currently set to launch on the 14th of September, 2023.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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