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

Published: 21/Apr/2021 18:30 Updated: 21/Apr/2021 18:42

by Joe Craven


As a free-to-play game, do you need to pay for Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus to play Call of Duty: Warzone?

Since its release back in March of 2020, Call of Duty’s 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.

Here, we’ll break down everything you need to know in order to play Warzone, regardless of whether you’re on Xbox or PlayStation. Needless to say, PC players can download Warzone and dive in without worrying about any of this stuff.


Warzone characters
Warzone has been popular across the world since its launch.

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.

The subscription costs £50/$60 for a 12-month period, but is not necessary for free to play titles. For example, players wanting to play Black Ops Cold War or Modern Warfare multiplayer will require an active subscription. Players who only want to play Warzone will not need to pay this annual fee.

Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Luckily, on April 21, 2021, Microsoft announced that they would no longer require Xbox Live Gold to play free-to-play games, including Call of Duty: Warzone, effective immediately.


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 requirement for free games back in January 2021 within a couple of months. Now, that time has finally come.

Of course, Xbox Live will still be required for paid games and so you shouldn’t just drop your membership all together. Still, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to pay $60 a year anymore to play a free game.

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