Microsoft has commemorated its recently-departed Xbox Live Gold subscription service with a shiny new badge on customers’ Xbox profile screens.
The award – which is in fact colored gold – is designed to reward earlier members of the service.
“Xbox Live Gold 2002 – 2023”, the award states, referring to the 21 years since Microsoft first launched Xbox Live for the authentic Xbox.
Next to that, on my Xbox profile at least, is a personalised award badge exhibiting the variety of years you will have been an Xbox Live subscriber. (That’s 12 in my case, as you possibly can see beneath.)
Microsoft confirmed it could kill off its Xbox Live Gold branding again in July, to get replaced by a completely different providing for the identical worth: Xbox Game Pass Core.
Xbox Live Gold’s Games with Gold service provided a couple of middling video games every month, whereas Xbox Game Pass Core options a extra mounted catalogue of titles which shall be up to date a couple of instances a yr.
Xbox Game Pass Core launched on 14th September with 36 titles, together with a mixture of Microsoft first-party video games resembling Gears 5 and Hellblade, plus a number of prime indies resembling Among Us and Stardew Valley.
Xbox Live Gold’s skill to play on-line stays included, and the subscription’s month-to-month £7 worth level is unchanged.
You can see the full checklist of Xbox Game Pass Core titles right here. Trying one out as we speak? Stop by your Xbox profile and see if the Xbox Live Gold badge has turned up for you. RIP Gold, by no means forgotten.