22 Apr 2021 11:47 AM +00:00

Do You Need Xbox Live To Play Fortnite Online?

Fortnite is one of the biggest free-to-play titles in the world, with a consistently high concurrent player base and continuous updates and content drops. But, is it really free to play without Xbox Live?

For most, all you need to do to jump into a Fortnite game is be playing it on a platform with a stable internet connection.

However, what if you're on an Xbox? Don't you usually need an Xbox Live subscription to play any online game?

Below, we've got everything you need to know about whether you need an Xbox Live subscription to play Fortnite.

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Epic Games made sure you didn't need Xbox Live to play Fortnite on an Xbox console before, but now Microsoft is making sure you can play every other free-to-play title on the platform actually for free!

It's something PlayStation had done for a while now, but it's an important step for the industry, fully accepting free online multiplayer games regardless of the platform.

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Do You Need Xbox Live?

This is the part where we tell you the good news.

You do not need an active Xbox Live subscription to play Fortnite.

That's right! Fortnite is free to play whether you want to pay for Xbox Live or not.

READ MORE: Do You Need PS Plus To Play Fortnite?

This wasn't always the case though. It is only recently that Microsoft managed to confirm that free-to-play titles on Xbox would be truly free-to-play.

You Do Need An Account Though

Although Fortnite is free to play on Xbox, you will still need an Xbox Live account.

Fortnite Xbox Live Grimble skin
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GRIMBLE - There are a lot of fun skins to use on Fortnite

This doesn't need a paid subscription, but you need the Xbox account in order to add Fortnite to your library and download it to your console.


It also, much like an Epic Games account would, allows you to keep all your progress and any purchases.

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Thankfully, Xbox should prompt you to add/create a Microsoft account so the chances are you already have one ready to go!

If not, you can always Create An Account online here.

Fortnite is an exclusively online title and a stable internet connection is also required for the best playing experience.

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