One of the biggest drawbacks of consoles is their need to pay a subscription service to enjoy something as basic as online gameplay. Luckily, at least on the Microsoft side, this could end soon, since after the launch of the Xbox Series X the Xbox Live Gold requirement to play online would be eliminated, so we will not have to pay additional costs to enjoy this basic service.
Xbox Live Gold is going away and playing online multiplayer will be free. They will not force you into Ultimate to play online.
– grubbsnax is back (@JeffGrubb) July 31, 2020
Information comes from renowned journalist Jeff Grubb, who ensures that you will no longer have to pay Xbox Live Gold to play multiplayer. Furthermore, it denies the rumors that it will be merged with Xbox Pass Ultimate, ensuring that it will simply go forever and there will be no requirement to play online.
If this rumor is true, having access to a huge library of games with Xbox Game Pass and not having to pay any additional cost to play online, the Microsoft console will undoubtedly be a great option if we balance price-characteristics. It will be interesting to see if this rumor ends up being true and what Sony does to counter-attack, if it does something of course. Meanwhile we recommend taking this information with tweezers since it is only a rumor, and wait for the official announcements of Microsoft.