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.