Free games coming to Xbox One owners via Games for Gold in June

Microsoft is not waiting until E3 2014 to drop some major Xbox One news. In addition to announcing that it will sell a version of the console without the Kinect device for $399 in June, the company announced today an expansion of its Games for Gold program that will offer free games every month for the Xbox One as well as the Xbox 360.

The company's Xbox Wire website announced that Xbox One owners who have a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to download two games for free in June: "Halo: Spartan Assault" and "Max: The Curse of Brotherhood."

If those same Xbox Live Gold members also own an Xbox 360, they will continue to get free games for that console as well. The Games for Gold program started for the Xbox 360 nearly a year ago, and today Microsoft said 12 million people have downloaded free game titles. In June, Microsoft will offer three Xbox 360 games for free: "Dark Souls," "Charlie Murder" and "Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition."

Microsoft also announced today Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to take advantage of special price breaks for select downloadable games as part of the Deals for Gold program in June. The post added, "And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits."

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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Nice one Microsoft! I'm glad I don't need two subscriptions anymore for stuff like NetFlix, as that started to get expensive. The free games on the One are cool too :)

Finally next fall i'll be able to choose between the XBox One and PS4 as the console i'll own next gen. The PS4 wont win by default like it was going to be the case. Wise decision by Microsoft.

One thing that hasn't been pointed out much is that Microsoft now has a caveat that you have to have an active Live Gold subscription to PLAY those Games with Live that you've downloaded (unlike on the 360 where you could sign up for a month, download games, and then play them forever).

Peesonally i don't care. Usually i play games for a month and then i'm done with them. There's a few exceptions like sport games, racing games and mmorpg. I see this as free rental. If it means MS will let you play newer games for free it is all right.

Remember on 360 you owned the games but it was mostly all very old games people did not play anymore. Easier to give old games from a past gen console than giving new games from a new console.

This is a good compromise. Can't complain about free "rental".

jhoff80 said,
One thing that hasn't been pointed out much is that Microsoft now has a caveat that you have to have an active Live Gold subscription to PLAY those Games with Live that you've downloaded (unlike on the 360 where you could sign up for a month, download games, and then play them forever).

Well... that sucks :/

jhoff80 said,
One thing that hasn't been pointed out much is that Microsoft now has a caveat that you have to have an active Live Gold subscription to PLAY those Games with Live that you've downloaded (unlike on the 360 where you could sign up for a month, download games, and then play them forever).

It has been mentioned. With the switch to not require Gold for a bunch of those apps they have to bring value to the subscription some other way.

To be honest I am not unhappy about it. I've had an Xbox for about 77 months... Out of those 77 months I have been with no Gold for 0 months. I understand that is just my particular case and I know it doesn't apply to everyone. Just saying why I specifically don't really care.

Nimdock said,

It has been mentioned. With the switch to not require Gold for a bunch of those apps they have to bring value to the subscription some other way.

To be honest I am not unhappy about it. I've had an Xbox for about 77 months... Out of those 77 months I have been with no Gold for 0 months. I understand that is just my particular case and I know it doesn't apply to everyone. Just saying why I specifically don't really care.

Not in this article and not in most others.

George P said,
So much Xbox One news, I expected these things to be saved for E3.

True, at this rate what are they going to leave for E3? Xbox Two? :p

I'm excited about this as I only have Forza, Titanfall, and Tomb Raider, so I might cash in big on having waiting just a little bit for some of the other launch titles :D

Majornelson mentioned that Ryse is going to be one of the first titles to get a discount through the deals program.