Xbox Live features free: This is part of a new dashboard update that Microsoft is rolling out to testers of the software this week. In addition to the party chat functionality, multiplayer for free-to-play games (games like Fortnite and Rocket League) and the Looking for Groups feature are also being made free.
Xbox Live features free
Lately a lot has changed with Xbox. Previously, Microsoft tried to implement a price increase for the Gold subscription, but later on came back. Furthermore, it was announced earlier this week that Xbox Live is now called the Xbox network. So now we see that the company is taking steps to further flatten that network with the free party chat feature.
Xbox Insiders in Alpha Skip Ahead & Alpha today we are flighting some new features. Multiplayer in Free-to-play games, Looking 4 Groups and Party Chat on Xbox no longer requires an Xbox Live Gold membership as we flight and test these service changes ahead of general availability
— Brad Rossetti (@WorkWombatman) March 24, 2021
Brad Rossetti makes this known in his tweet, which we have taken over above for the sake of completeness. Rossetti is responsible for Xbox and PC gaming at Microsoft. When the changes are implemented, you will no longer have to pay for chatting with your friends or if you want to play a game of Fortnite. With Sony and Nintendo, you also don’t have to pay for online services when it comes to free-to-play video games.
It is not yet known when the update will appear for everyone. That should happen sometime in the coming months.