Microsoft is making good on a promise they made earlier this year, doing away with Xbox Live Gold being required for free-to-play games on Xbox. As of now, this is available to members of the free Xbox Insiders program, but it should launch for everyone else in the future.
For anyone who doesn’t know, free-to-play games includes titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone. Also, you’ll no longer need Gold for Party Chat and Looking for Groups. Obviously, Microsoft wants to test this change before making it available to other Xbox users.
If you want to start right now, you can download the Xbox Insider app on Xbox and enroll in the beta-testing program. It’s completely free and really easy do. Be aware that opting into the program means testing still-in-development features, so bugs and other issues might show up.
Microsoft announced it was going to drop the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games earlier this year as part of its reversal for a planned price hike for the service. There is belief that Xbox Live Gold will be phased out, and this holds a bit of weight behind it now, because Microsoft confirmed it will rebrand Xbox Live as Xbox Network.