Xbox Games with Gold will no longer include Xbox 360 titles

As of October 2022, Microsoft will no longer offer free Xbox 360 titles through Games with Gold. The company announced the change in an email sent to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the US, Canada and other parts of the world. “We have reached the limit of our ability to catalog Xbox 360 games,” the company said in a statement. “However, Games with Gold will continue to feature exciting Xbox One titles and exclusive discounts each month.”

The email adds that Xbox users will be able to re-download any 360 titles they’ve claimed through Games with Gold, regardless of whether they continue to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold.

“No other Xbox Live Gold perks will be affected by this change,” a Microsoft spokesman told Engadget. “We’re always looking for ways to evolve the Xbox experience based on community engagement, feedback, and evolving business priorities. Due to licensing and technical limitations, we have reached the limit of our ability to add new games from the past to the catalogue. We will continue to focus on delivering Xbox One titles through the Games with Gold program.”

Xbox Live Gold email


Introduced in 2013, Microsoft Games with Gold added Xbox Live Gold in response to the success of Sony’s PS Plus service, which was the first to offer monthly free games to customers. Microsoft later expanded the benefit to include Xbox One. In recent years, the allure of the bonus has faded with the introduction of Xbox Game Pass. After Microsoft recently dropped the Xbox Live Gold requirement to play free-to-play games online, it seemed like the company was preparing to reconfigure the service, and this announcement helps with that. See the full email from Microsoft above.

Updated 12:47 p.m. ET: Comment added by Microsoft.

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