Do players need to purchase a subscription to Xbox Live in order to access a free-to-play game like Splitgate?
Splitgate is the latest breakout star the sci-fi competitive multiplayer online shooter genre. Players need to take advantage of unique map circumstances such as portals to deliver complicated yet thrilling killing maneuvers against their opponents. It recently exploded in popularity, with players flocking to the game in droves thanks to its combination of fun and challenging gameplay aspects. Better yet: developer 1047 Games has decreed the game will be free-to-play across all platforms it can be purchased for.
So, what does this mean for consoles with live services like Microsoft’s Xbox?
Do You Need Xbox Live to Play Splitgate?
Typically, no. Players shouldn’t need an Xbox Live subscription in order to play Splitgate. As the game is entirely meant to be free-to-play (F2P), Microsoft has allowed it and similar titles to be available on their platform without the need to pay for it. After all, is a game truly free-to-play if its platform demands a fee just to access it?
However, some players still report being asked to purchase the subscription when booting up the game. There are conflicting reports about whether or not this pop-up can be cancelled or ignored without issue. Some say they simply ignore it or press “B” to avoid it and are able to get in without issue while others report that the platform boots them off, instead.
Still, most maintain that the game should be available to access without needing to spend the money on a subscription to Xbox Live.