Microsoft Won’t Charge for Xbox Live on Windows 10
Microsoft recently announced its plans to bring Xbox Live to Windows 10, in attempt to bring two of the renowned brands together. While it’s nice to know Windows 10 will have something for everyone, it raises one question – will we have to pay for Xbox Live on Windows 10?
Thankfully, the answer to that question is no. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb aka Major Nelson clarified on twitter:
@haydencd Not charging. Xbox Live Gold will not be required for online multiplayer gaming using our service on Windows 10 PCs and Phones
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 5, 2015
Gamers already pay for Xbox Live on their consoles, so it wouldn’t have been a great move to make them pay more on PC. Xbox Live is among the leading services of its kind and Microsoft is pushing it on each of their platforms, be it – mobile, PC or Xbox.
Speaking of Xbox, GDC 2015 came with some exciting news related to Xbox One as well. Elite Dangerous will now be released exclusively on the console. The news was surrounded by some confusion due to the way Phil Spencer shared it.
Initially, it seemed like the title won’t see a release on PlayStation 4, however, developer Frontier later confirmed Elite Dangerous as a timed exclusive.
More details are available here.
Coming back to Windows 10, at GDC, it was also revealed that ID@Xbox is heading to the new OS. Meaning we’ll see a number of amazing indie games released on Windows 10.
Windows 10 is expected later this year and will be free for users of Windows 7/8/8.1 for the first year. Windows 10 is packed full of new features and there are more than enough reasons for Windows 7/8 users to switch.