Xbox One Games With Gold Begins This Month

June 3, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Last month we learned that Games With Gold (the newer, Xbox equivalent of the free games given to subscribers of Sony’s PlayStation Plus) would finally be coming to the Xbox One. As with PS+, you’ll only be able to keep these games for as long as you’re a member of Xbox Live Gold, which is a change from the Xbox 360 version of the program.

Well, it’s June, and that means the first Games With Gold Xbox One games are now available. If you’re a Gold member, you can pick up Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for free now.

By the way, if you’re a Gold member without an Xbox One, you can still “purchase” the free games to register them to your account, so they’ll be there for you to download if and when you do get an Xbox One.

It’s great to see Games With Gold finally come to the new console. Are you interested in either or both of these games? What titles would you like see brought to the program in the future?

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Kinect-Free Xbox One for $399: It’s Happening

May 13, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


We’ve lost track of the number of times fans have argued that Microsoft’s best move would be to sell the Xbox One without the Kinect at a lower price, and most of the time, Microsoft’s only response was to insist that the Kinect was a required part of the Xbox One experience. But Phil Spencer has seemed determined to shake things up since he was appointed the new head of Xbox, and he sees things a little differently.

Today, Spencer made a few announcements, the most noteworthy of which is the new Kinect-free Xbox One. As of June 9, you’ll be able to buy an Xbox One without the Kinect for $399. Since Kinect is still an important feature for many games, the Kinect will be sold on its own starting sometime this fall.

Another piece of news fans will be excited to hear is that Games with Gold is finally coming to the Xbox One. In June, members of Xbox Live Gold will be able to pick up Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault for free. (The Xbox 360’s Games with Gold titles for June are Dark Souls, Charlie Murder, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition; the third game is a bonus in celebration of the program’s 1-year anniversary.)

One important note, however, is the footnote at the bottom of the page that states “on Xbox One, active Gold membership required to play free games you’ve downloaded.” This suggests that unlike the Xbox 360 Games with Gold model, where you could keep the games forever, the Xbox One program will more closely resemble PlayStation Plus.

Deals with Gold will also arrive on the Xbox One, as will a special VIP room for Gold subscribers, where Microsoft “will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.”

And finally, yes, the rumors were true: you will no longer need a Gold subscription to access Netflix, Twitch, Internet Explorer, Skype, or many other apps/services previously locked behind the paywall. Check out Spencer’s full announcement to learn more.

Well, this was a welcome twist. Certain decisions have cast a dark shadow over the Xbox One, but Phil Spencer is slowly overturning them. Share your thoughts on these changes in the comments below. If you don’t have an Xbox One, does this make you more inclined to get one?

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February: Games with Gold vs PlayStation Plus

February 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Both Microsoft and Sony will be offering a selection of new titles to their subscribers over the month of February, and we have both lists for you to consider and compare.

If you aren’t familiar with these services, Xbox Live players that subscribe to Xbox Live Gold, as well as Sony Entertainment Network (PlayStation Network) players that subscribe to PlayStation Plus, can get new games for free each month for their respective consoles. Currently, Microsoft offers two free games a month that players can keep forever, while Sony offers several titles a month that players can keep for as long as they remain a PS+ member.

This month, Microsoft’s Games with Gold will feature:

  • Dead Island
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Meanwhile, Sony’s PlayStation Plus will feature:

  • Outlast (PS4)
  • Metro Last Light
  • Pay Day 2
  • Remember Me
  • Mod Nation Racers (PS Vita)
  • Street Fighter X Tekken (PS Vita)

It looks to us like Sony has the stronger lineup for February, even if Microsoft’s titles can be kept permanently. What do you think?

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Games with Gold expanded to include free Xbox One game each month

November 15, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Microsoft has just announced via Twitter that starting next year all Xbox Live Gold members will receive one free Xbox One game per month.

The announcement means that Xbox One can now compete more effectively with the free games offered by Sony under its Playstation Plus program (a feature/advantage that Playstation fans are quick to remind anyone of).

The news also expands the offerings of the current “Games with Gold” program being run for the Xbox 360 (and which Microsoft started earlier this year). While the program has come some ways to giving gamers more for their paid Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, it has also come under fire for only dishing out free games that are a couple of years (or more) old.

No details on what sort of Xbox One games we can expect to be included in the program have been revealed yet, but given its meant to start next year we expect to hear something soon – well at least early in 2014 (as Microsoft note)…

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