Is Microsoft Planning To Phase Out Xbox Live Gold?

Yesterday, a Microsoft rep confirmed that the option to purchase 12 months of Xbox Live Gold has been removed from the Microsoft Store. That’s exactly a week ahead of the July 23 games presentation, where Microsoft could be announcing a plan to phase out the subscription service altogether with the launch of Xbox Series X. Inverse reports: “At this time Xbox has decided to remove the 12 month Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store,” a Microsoft spokesperson tells Inverse. “Customers can still sign up for a 1 month or 3 month Xbox Live Gold subscription online through the Microsoft Store.” No attention was brought to this change officially in any public statements, but shortening the length that people can subscribe to Xbox Live Gold is very telling. “It also seems like the right time for Microsoft to talk about the future of Xbox,” Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb

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