Xbox Live Gold Members Will Get Free Xbox One Games Too

In the months since Microsoft launched the Games With Gold program, a poor attempt to match PlayStation Plus giving out games left and right that are complimentary with a subscription — they’ve been handing out stuff like Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 — they’d said they had no plans to leverage the program on the Xbox One as well, but Major Nelson today tweeted that they will be doing exactly that.

He didn’t explain this concept at all, but it could mean Gold members will get the Killer Instinct roster free, as they’ve been emailing some members with unlock codes already. Given MS’s reluctance to provide anything of value through this program on Xbox 360, though, it’s hard to guess what else they could be tossing out.

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3 Comments on Xbox Live Gold Members Will Get Free Xbox One Games Too


On November 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm

You mean like the golden turds we’ve been given since they started the program for Xbox 360?

My buddies on PSN+ get “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” and “Ni No Kuni” and I get “Magic the Gathering” and “Kingdom of Keiflings” . . . . one of these pairs is not like the other.

In all honesty it just looks like Microsoft is copying Sony to try and get some good press after the original plans for Xbox One fell through.

Like a five-year-old apologizing for something, but not really understanding why they should.


On November 15, 2013 at 4:38 am

PS+ users have been able to get Spec Ops, ME3, Virtue’s Last Reward, Remember Me, and countless other big-name titles for free (providing they remain PS+ users), often within a few months of release. The biggest titles I can remember being free on Games with Gold were Fable 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2, both of which were offered free many years after they were released. Most of the other offerings are underwhelming at best.

Better than nothing, yes, but considering you absolutely have to own Xbox Live Gold in order to do anything even halfway decent on the system, whereas PS+ is entirely optional, Microsoft should have been looking to outdo its rival especially with a new system on the way. Instead, they seem to embrace the fact that they can seemingly do whatever the hell they want and still have a small army of obedient fantoys on hand asking for more abuse. Let’s hope they go the same way as Sega during the next cycle.


On November 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm

no ps+ is now required to play online