Do you need Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus to play Warzone?

Andrew Highton
Warzone image with PS and Xbox logoActivision/Sony/Microsoft

Do you need to have an active Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to play Call of Duty: Warzone? Here’s everything you need to know, including whether Warzone is free-to-play.

Since its release back in March of 2020, Call of Duty: Warzone has been completely free for all players regardless of platform. However, its status as an online game means that there has been some confusion over whether a paid subscription is necessary to play it.

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If you wish to know whether you can play Warzone without spending any money, then our handy hub will break down everything you need to know, regardless of whether you’re on Xbox or PlayStation.


Warzone operators standing togetherActivision
Take control of one of the game’s tough Operators and conquer Verdansk.

Do you need PS Plus to play Warzone?

We’ll tackle PlayStation first because it’s the more simple of the two. Warzone players playing on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 do not need an active PS Plus subscription to be able to play the CoD battle royale game.

The subscription costs $60/£50 for a 12-month period, but is not necessary for free-to-play titles. For example, players wanting to play Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer will require an active subscription. Players who only want to play Warzone will not need to pay this annual fee.

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Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

On April 21, 2021, Microsoft announced that players would no longer require Xbox Live Gold to play free-to-play games, including Call of Duty: Warzone.

While this wasn’t always the case, with the company previously requiring Xbox Live Gold for all games, regardless of their cost, they committed to removing this for free games back in January 2021.

Of course, Xbox Live will still be required for paid games, so you shouldn’t drop your membership if you wish to play multiplayer.

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Is Call of Duty: Warzone free?

Thankfully, CoD: Warzone is completely free-to-play, and can be downloaded from the official store of whichever platform you want to play it on. Its lack of price tag is why it’s become one of the most popular battle royale games.

For any newcomers to the world of Warzone that don’t have these memberships, this will be music to their ears as they’ll be able to enjoy the adrenaline-fueled action without having to pay.

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Will Warzone 2 be free-to-play?

Black Ops 4 Contraband Map with Warzone 2 LogoActivision
Warzone 2 is the next game in the battle royale saga.

Activision has yet to confirm whether Warzone 2 will be free-to-play. However, given its predecessor being free, we imagine Warzone 2 will follow this trend.

Of course, the upcoming title will include the usual battle pass and paid cosmetics for players to purchase.

Should any more updates come out regarding this subject, we’ll be sure to update this article accordingly.

So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know about whether you need Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus to play Warzone.

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Andrew Highton is a Games Writer for Dexerto. He has a Creative Writing degree from Liverpool John Moores University and has previously written for games websites such as Twinfinite and Keengamer. With 13,000+ PlayStation Trophies to his name, Andrew is a fan of a huge variety of video games, his favourites being God of War and Metal Gear Solid. Contact him at, on Twitter @AndyHighton8 or at