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

Published: 26/Nov/2021 18:18 Updated: 29/Nov/2021 11:59

by Andrew Highton


Do you need to have an active Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to play and enjoy 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.

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.



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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 £50/$60 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.

Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Luckily, 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 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 altogether.

Is Call of Duty: Warzone free?

Thankfully, CoD: Warzone is completely free-to-play, and can simply be digitally 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 games in the world.


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 historic launch of Caldera – Warzone’s brand new battle royale map to replace Verdansk.

Should any more updates come out regarding this subject, we’ll be sure to update this article accordingly. Also, check out everything we know about Warzone’s Last Hours of Verdansk event.

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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