Microsoft announces two free games every month with Xbox Live Gold

At its Xbox keynote at E3 2013, Microsoft announced an upcoming upgrade to its Xbox Live program. The company confirmed that existing Gold members will see their memberships extend to the new Xbox One console, but also announced a new initiative that will see it compete more effectively with Sony's PlayStation Plus. 

From July 1, all new and existing Xbox Live Gold members will receive two free games every month. The company didn't specify whether users would be able to select from a range of titles, or if the same two games would be provided to all members on a monthly basis. 

However, two of the titles that the company said would be available in the coming months are Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed II. 

Neowin's E3 2013 coverage is sponsored by Alienware

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http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/x360-xbox-360-e3-2013-reveal

"As a message of thanks to the millions of Xbox fans around the world for their passion and loyalty, Microsoft announced that every qualifying Xbox Live Gold member -- new or existing -- will receive two free Xbox 360 game downloads per month starting July 1 until Dec. 31, 2013, including popular titles “Halo 3” and “Assassin's Creed II.” And to celebrate E3 in the month of June, Xbox Live Gold will receive a free download of “Fable III.”[3] In addition, for a limited time gamers can get a Day One 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and play “Killer Instinct: Round One,” with the exclusive Shadow Jago character, on Xbox One. Players will also receive a commemorative Day One membership card.

[3] “Games with Gold” free games offer available 6/10/13-12/31/13 for paid Gold members only. Xbox 360 games (selected by Xbox) available for free download from Marketplace only during specified half-month window; available games may vary by country. Kinect and/or hard drive required for some games. See xbox.com/live."

So if what I have read is correct, ms are copying Sony in giving free games away, which apparently is negative? But Sony now copying MS in that they appear to be moving MP to pen plus now I'm sure is not classed as copying MS and is much more positive!?

The fanboyism on this forum truly astounds me sometimes. If companies didn't "copy" each other on the features that make services good then we would have crappy service from anyone with no innovation what so ever.

Get over it, copy or not this is good.

Microsoft doesn't care about gamers!
TV TV TV TV.
They are just trying to offload old games.

/stupid internet.

Thanks Microsoft!!

Too bad I already own both these games... hopefully next month will be a little more interesting for me. I wonder if there will be a rise in Halo 3 multiplayer?

yes and glad they did. Anybody who couldn't acknowledge that the free games feature of Playstation Plus was better than anything Xbox Live offered would be insane. Yeah the games are old and I have them both already but it's a start to make XBL Gold more comparable to Playstation Plus and try to make it the better online service again.

Butthurt about what? Xbox now doing what PSN Plus has done for years? Yeah, you nailed that one!
From the article (if you even read it, which I doubt):

... announced a new initiative that will see it compete more effectively with Sony's PlayStation Plus.

So basically, they are preemptively saying after watching the EA/Sim City server fiasco... You're gonna get free games as compensation.

Condere said,
So basically, they are preemptively saying after watching the EA/Sim City server fiasco... You're gonna get free games as compensation.

No, you are getting them every month.

It's about time Microsoft added some value to the gold sub. Those 2 games are pretty old, though. Halo 3 - 2007, ACII 2009. Hopefully the following months will offer more recent releases.