After some clues here and there, here are some concrete details. According to several Reddit users, it is now possible to play online on Xbox One without subscribing to Xbox Live Gold.
It is an observation made on several games, including Rocket League, Halo 4 or Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, by people who say they do not have a family subscription share. This is quite an extraordinarily pleasant surprise.
It seems that that, in the face of the many rumors talking about the Xbox Live Gold going free for some time now, Microsoft has chosen to purely and simply remove the obligation to pay to play online.
The other solution that seems more credible to us at the present time is the possible establishment of a free online game weekend as part of the Free Play Days, as is sometimes the case. In 2018, the free weekend was also noticed over the same period, in early August.
In both cases, it is astonishing that Microsoft did not communicate upstream to explain to the players what awaited them. Worse, with the many rumors that point to a discontinuation of the paid subscription, it is still hard to imagine how the American manufacturer could launch a simple free weekend and then return to the old system in the long term.
As we all know, Microsoft recently removed the 12-month subscription option for Xbox Live Gold from its online store. While it seems certain that the company is not planning to rename Xbox Live or terminate Xbox Live Gold, it has yet to be made clear whether Xbox Live Gold is free.
We obviously hope to have our answers quickly from now on. In the meantime, if you are neither a Gold subscriber nor an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, we strongly advise you to take advantage of it.