Ever since Xbox Game Pass hit the scene, many players found themselves questioning the other online problem Microsoft has: Games With Gold. Since launching back in July 2013 on the Xbox 360, the program gave players the chance to download a free game every month. While there was a nice set of titles one could enjoy every month, many would argue the selection as of late has been lacking. Between titles that might seem underwhelming (especially compared to what the Game Pass Library has to offer), many players did question why this program was still around. With a recent leak, however, it would seem the program won’t be around for much longer.

What is Game Pass Core?

The newest program replacing Games with Gold.

On a Korean site, we got to see the following images. One of which showcases the newest program coming to Xbox: Game Pass Core. Starting September 1st, Xbox Live Gold will be replaced by Xbox Game Pass Core. This program will operate just like Xbox Live Gold and will be at the same cost of $9.99. Those who are currently subscribed to Xbox Live Gold will be automatically transferred to Game Pass Gold and any games obtained through Games With Gold will remain free for those who downloaded them. There is also one more addition this new program provides: Instead of a new title to download for free, you will have access to 25 games from Game Pass (with more to come).

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The following games will be on Game Pass Core at launch:

  • Among Us
  • Descenders
  • Dishonored 2
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Grounded
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Human Fall Flat
  • INSIDE
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Psychonauts 2
  • State of Decay 2
  • Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Four Plans For Xbox Game Pass

While the Core Plan certainly has a lot to offer, the other plans from Xbox Game Pass are still there if you were interested in joining or already on it. This includes a PC-only plan for $9.99, a Console-only plan for $10.99, and finally the Ultimate plan for $16.99 which gives you Game Pass for Console, PC, and access to cloud gaming. Essentially, if you are currently using game pass right now, nothing is changing for what you are paying for. But if you aren’t and were considering it, Xbox is giving you what we could call a “Demo” of Game Pass (whereas upgrading to the full collection is just a dollar more).

Are you someone who has already jumped onto Game Pass? Were you using the Games with Gold Program? And what do you think of this new change we’ll see in the coming months? Share your thoughts down below and be sure to follow us here at Strangely Awesome for more News on the gaming world.

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