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Xbox players can now chat and play online for free — but there’s a catch

Microsoft is making good on its promise to improve Xbox Live by getting rid of the paid membership requirement to use party chat, or play free-to-play multiplayer games online. Xbox Insiders are currently testing these new features ahead of a public rollout. 

Team Xbox’s Brad Rosetti shared the development on Twitter , saying that members of the Xbox Insider preview program won’t need Xbox Live Gold for multiplayer in free-to-play games, party chat or the Looking for Group feature. While Microsoft has announced that paid membership won’t be a prerequisite for free-to-play games in the not-too-distant future, the news of free party chat hasn’t garnered quite as much attention. But the move could be a massive benefit to players who are perhaps already paying for Xbox Game Pass, and don’t want an Xbox Live subscription running alongside it.

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