Xbox Live Gold subscription has been a staple for Microsoft Xbox console gamers. To enjoy access to popular games, you need to avail yourself of the paid Microsoft membership to Xbox. Xbox Live Gold costs $9.99 per month. Along with that price, you can enjoy exclusive access, social features, online games, multiplayer, and more on the Xbox gaming platform.
Microsoft Changes on Xbox Live Gold Subscription in 2021
Recently, Microsoft is changing its rules in the Xbox Live Subscription. Instead of the exclusive entry to its gaming network, selected games will become available for all users whether or not you have a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Some popular online games are open for any user to play, as long as it is free. However, other paid Xbox games will still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription for access.
Aside from the free access to games, Microsoft is also lifting its rules on Look for Group, LFG, and Party Chat features. Any player can freely access these social tools during multiplayer even without an Xbox Live Gold subscription. With the two social features, gamers can search for other players and join in chat conversations. They can also communicate openly with other players.
Still, Microsoft makes their Xbox Live Gold members feel exclusive despite the changes. Even if other players can access the free-to-play games and social platforms, these are only a part of the Microsoft gaming network. Only paid subscribers can enjoy full access to all games, including top-notch titles like FIFA and Call of Duty.
However, if you don’t find it worth spending on a monthly membership payments that will also give you access to free games without paying anything, you can cancel your Xbox Live subscription recurring billing charges at any time.
Canceling Xbox Live Gold Membership Recurring Payments on Phone, Xbox One, Series S/X
The steps to manage your recurring billing settings and canceling your Xbox Live Gold subscription charges take only a few minutes. You can also check if you are eligible to get a refund for the payments already made. You can follow this guide on any web browser on your computer, mobile phone or even on Xbox One, Series S/X consoles.
- To cancel your Xbox Live Gold subscription, go to account.microsoft.com/services.
- Login to your account.
- Navigate to Service & subscriptions.
- Go to Xbox Live Gold.
- Select Manage.
- Click Turn off auto-renew.
- Click Confirm cancellation.
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