Xbox Live Gold will be no more as of tomorrow, September 14. Replacing it is a new tier of Game Pass called . It's a different offering to Games with Gold in that there will be a rotating library of a few dozen games, rather than you being able to claim some titles for your collection each month. Xbox has now revealed the initial list of Game Pass Core titles, but the choices may leave some players hoping for more.
The 36 titles you’ll be able to play through Game Pass Core on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S at the jump are:
Doom Eternal Standard Edition
Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition
Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition
Golf with your Friends
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo Wars 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Human Fall Flat
Ori & the Will of the Wisps
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
Slay the Spire
Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition
State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
The Elder Scrolls Online
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
There are more than a few great games on that list, from and to and . Game Pass Core might be worth $60 per year for those who haven’t played many of those before. But it’s hard to make the case that this is the most exciting selection Microsoft could have come up with for this base version of Game Pass. The company says it plans to update the list two or three times per year, so there may be a three- to six month wait until Microsoft refreshes the library.
There are other features of Game Pass Core that could prompt people to subscribe or remain a member, most notably the fact the service is many multiplayer games on Xbox. For instance, you won’t be able to play with friends on your Xbox without at least a Game Pass Core membership.