Do you need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Joseph Pascoulis
Call of Duty Warzone Season 1

Players who want to jump into any online game on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S need to pay for a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, but what about free games like Warzone? Here’s everything you need to know.

Warzone is arguably the most popular battle royale out there, with millions of players dropping into Warzone’s Urzikstan each day to get their first-person shooter fix in. Part of the reason that the game is so popular is the fact that it’s a free-to-play game, meaning you don’t have to pay to jump into the action.

With Warzone Season 1 Reloaded almost upon us, now is a great time to hop on Warzone, whether you’re a returning player or new to the game. With that in mind, do you need to buy PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone? We’ve got the answers.

Do you need PlayStation Plus to play Warzone?

Warzone players in Urzikstan

For those on either PS4 or PS5, the good news is that you do not need a PS Plus membership to play Warzone. This means you can also play the game with friends, in a party chat, without subscribing to PlayStation’s premium membership.

PS Plus is required if you want to play online in games like MW3’s multiplayer or Zombies mode. But, if Warzone is the only game you’re interested in, you can save yourself some money.

Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Operators in Warzone's Season 1 map Urzikstan
Warzone is completely free to play, so anyone can jump in the fun.

You do not need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone, and Xbox players can enjoy Warzone for free just like PlayStation users.

Before April 2021, Xbox players would have had to pay for Xbox Live to play any game on their system. Fortunately, Microsoft listened to the fans and followed in the footsteps of PlayStation, allowing players to enjoy free-to-play games without getting roped into a subscription.

So, jump into the action and check out the rest of our Call of Duty content:

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About The Author

Joseph is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel, specializing in shooters such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Overwatch. He also enjoys Souls-likes, the Resident Evil franchise, and Tekken. After writing for KeenGamer, he joined CharlieIntel in 2021. If Joseph isn't writing about games, he's most likely playing them. You can contact him at [email protected].