Do you need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Call of Duty: Warzone?

We've got some bad news for Xbox owners.

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Call of Duty: Warzone is one of the most popular battle royale games on the market.

Thousands of players dive in with their friends daily in hopes of being the last team standing. The free-to-play game allows everyone to enjoy the fun, although new players often wonder if they need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Call of Duty: Warzone.

Is PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold required to play Warzone?

PlayStation players on the PS4 or PS5 do not need a PS Plus subscription to play Warzone. They can enjoy the free battle royale all they want, but they will not be able to play the premium multiplayer modes in Call of Duty: Vanguard or any other CoD title.

Xbox owners previously needed an Xbox Live Gold membership to play free-to-play titles, but Microsoft changed this last April. Players can now enjoy free-to-play games like Warzone, Fortnite, and Apex Legends without a subscription. But they also cannot play the online multiplayer version of any CoD title without a premium subscription.

PC players will need to have an active Blizzard account to play Warzone, so consider this when attempting to play it on your computer.

Related: Is Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale a crossplay game?

Warzone 2‘s map is reportedly in development, giving fans hope that an exciting sequel is on the horizon. It’s unlikely that the sequel will not be free-to-play, so fans can likely enjoy Warzone without a premium cost for the foreseeable future. You can also enjoy Warzone with players on other platforms, so feel free to party up with almost anyone.


Preston Byers
Dot Esports associate editor. Co-host of the Ego Chall Podcast. Since discovering esports through the 2013 Call of Duty Championship, Preston has pursued a career in esports and gaming. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2021.


Jalen Lopez
Freelance Writer with over three years of experience at Dot Esports. Mainly covers VALORANT, Call of Duty and other FPS titles.