The service will only shift to Xbox One games in a few months.
What you should know
- Xbox Games with Gold is an Xbox Live Gold feature that offers subscribers free monthly games they can redeem and keep. It’s similar to Sony PlayStation Plus.
- Xbox 360 games and occasional original Xbox games have been part of the service for several years.
- Microsoft announced that Xbox 360 games would no longer be included in Games with Gold starting October 2022.
Xbox Games with Gold will see a significant change in the following months. Xbox 360 games won’t be included in the monthly free Xbox games.
Starting in October, Xbox Games With Gold will no longer include Xbox 360 games (Microsoft has reached the limits to adding new X360 games to GWG). GWG will continue to offer Xbox One games.— Wario64 (@Wario64) July 5, 2022
Any claimed Xbox 360 GWG titles can be redownloaded regardless of membership pic.twitter.com/WHuuVniqBn
Microsoft informed Xbox Live Gold subscribers via email on Tuesday that Xbox 360 games will be removed from Games with Gold starting in October 2022. This is because Microsoft has exceeded the limit on the number of games that can be added to the service.
Xbox Games with Gold was launched in July 2013. It offered two Xbox 360 games free of charge to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. This is similar to the PlayStation Plus service benefit. One year later, Xbox One games were added to the service.
Microsoft has emphasized the inclusion of backward-compatible Xbox 360 games in its monthly offerings. It may also include original Xbox titles from time to time. Microsoft states that these older titles will not be available shortly but can still be downloaded by players who have redeemed them.
Because of the different way the service was set up, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games that were redeemed through Games with Gold may continue to be played even if someone has stopped using Xbox Live Gold. However, any Xbox One games saved can only be played by subscribers.
Xbox Live Gold can be purchased either as a standalone purchase or as part of a bundle with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This included Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, PC Game Pass, and EA Play.