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What's the difference between Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold ?

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass ,both subscriptions offer many gaming options for Xbox owners, but they're not the same. This article  will tell you the differences.

Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Gold is the online subscription service that started in 2002 for the original Xbox, and it allows players to play multiplayer games online with voice chat. Since then it has offered more benefits such as special discounts and four free Xbox 360, Xbox One or Xbox Series games monthly. Microsoft will cease the inclusion of Xbox 360 games on Oct. 1, saying it reached its limit on bringing games from the older console to its catalog. A subscription for Xbox Live Gold costs $10 per month.

For now, you need Xbox Live Gold to play any online multiplayer games. But recently, it appears Microsoft might change the rules to allow Xbox gamers to play free-to-play games online such as Fortnite and Apex Legends.

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is Xbox's "all you can eat" gaming subscription, where one monthly fee gets you full access to dozens of games. It started in June 2017 with a limited catalog, which were a mix of titles published by Microsoft (aka first-party) and other publishers (third-party). Over the years, it grew to encompass more than 100 games. Microsoft also sweetened the deal by offering every game it published to be available on the service on day one of its release. This includes games from its latest acquisition, ZeniMax Media, which includes such popular series as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Wolfenstein, Dishonored and Prey. Sniper Elite 5 and Pac-Man Museum Plus are two of the latest third-party games to hit Game Pass on their release day, too.

There are three tiers to Xbox Game Pass: Console, PC and Ultimate. The first includes only Xbox games, the second is for Windows PC gamers and the third covers both platforms. Moreover, PC and Ultimate tiers include access to EA Play, which consists of access to EA games, rewards and other members-only content. A subscription would normally cost $5 a month.

Xbox Live Gold's biggest selling point is not the free games, but it's being able to play online. If you just want to play a few games online and only those games on a regular basis? Then you'll need Xbox Live Gold.

On the other hand, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can let you have more than 100 games to choose from, and you'll be able to play them from multiple devices. 
Brief summary:

Xbox Live Gold = Xbox console online + members limited free games,

Xbox Game Pass = more than 100 games to play casually;

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate = All benefits above.

The console version of Xbox Game Pass connection requires an additional "Xbox Live Gold", but the PC version does not.

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