Do you need Xbox Live to play Fortnite?

A cluster of gold bars in Fortnite.

A cluster of gold bars in Fortnite.

Fortnite is one of the most popular free titles in the world, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Fortnite on Xbox Live is a totally free experience. While lots of battle royale games let you play without a premium online subscription, it can be murky territory.

Epic Games is constantly releasing new content and giving players even more to get excited about as time goes on. If you're interested in giving the game a go but unsure due to not having Xbox Live, we're here to help.

Elsewhere, check out our list of the rarest Fortnite skins to see whether you've got any of them in your inventory. We've also got an Apex Legends tier list and best guns list for handy tips in another hit battle royale title.

Do you need Xbox Live to play Fortnite?

No, you do not need an Xbox Live subscription to play Fornite. All you need is an Xbox Live account, though the subscription is not required.

Things weren't always this way, though. Previously you would need a valid subscription to play online titles, even if the games themselves cost no money to buy. Microsoft announced in 2021 that free-to-play games would no longer require an active paid subscription, regardless of whether they are online or not.

Fortunately, that means you won't need to pay for an Xbox Live subscription to play Fortnite. All you need is a valid Xbox account to configure with the servers and your console, but that's it.

Most players will have already set up an account when first getting their console, of course. Just sign in, head to the store, and download Fortnite. Bear in mind you'll still need an internet connection to be able to install the title and play it, as well as an Epic Games account to actually log in!

If you're a fan of all things Fortnite, we've got you covered. Check out how to get Geralt and how to get the Doom Slayer skin in the new season. We've also got a look at the Chapter 4 Season 1 battle pass to see all the new changes!

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