Microsoft makes Xbox Live Games with Gold program permanent

Microsoft has announced its Games with Gold program, which offers two free games monthly to Xbox Live Gold subscribers on the Xbox 360, will become permanent. The program was previously scheduled to end this year.

The announcement, made Friday in a post on the company's official Xbox Wire website, claims the decision to extend the program was made based on positive reaction from Xbox Live users.

"According to recent surveys, 97 percent of participating members have given their stamp of approval for Games with Gold," the post states, "and we’re excited to continue bringing you great games every month as part of our ongoing commitment to providing great value on Xbox 360."

The announcement of the program's extension doesn't reveal if the program will make its way to the upcoming Xbox One console, though that seems unlikely given that the games released through the program have all been more than a year old, with the majority being three years old or older. "Halo 3," which was made available as part of the program on Wednesday, for instance, was released Sept. 27, 2007.

Microsoft announced Games with Gold on June 10, planning to run the program until Dec. 31. Through the program, Xbox Live Gold members receive a free game on the first and 16th day of each month.

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I hope they actually give us games worth playing though. Even if its fantastic arcade games. I dont think very many people want to play Magick on the xbox.

I think this campaign is intended to entice gamers to think of gaming in a disc-less world.

Most of the GwG titles that have been offered I've owned on disc.

Since traded most away. Now I can enjoy the 360 in the same way I will deal with Xbox One, Discless.

Quite sure this campaign is because MS had no choice.
MS is losing grounds to Sony and a big reason for this is PSN+.

Until your disk runs out of space

Nashy said,
How do I get them?

You have to be an Xbox Live Gold Subscriber. You get to download 2 games each month for free.

Considering the fact that all the "free with Gold" games that have been released so far I either (1) already played through or (2) have no interest in, I can't say I'm super thrilled or would say this is a game changer for me.

If they were reaching back to last year's titles, then it would most likely bring up something I haven't played and might have an interest in. Going back 3-5 years... come on. I can buy most of the games they've released for $10 - $25 used already.

Spicoli said,
If it costs you $10 - $25 for each one, then the $60 for gold is a bargain.

*shrug* it would vary year-to-year depending on the games they offer, clearly.

Value? We have 300k servers coming. Good luck to the PS4 players still trying to get a good connection on COD when you still have players hosting with internet paid for by Aunt Jemima.

I never had a problem when I played MAG or COD4 online on PS3, and this was several years ago. You are talking about comparing the OG Xbox to PS2 online, that was a big difference. You using random justification generator for being screwed out of money yearly for a service that MS wants you to believe has value again in this day and age? Tsk, tsk. Just admit, Live finally has value and there is finally a reason to give them money every year for the 360/PS3 generation onward.

Value as in, you are forced to pay it. That is not value, that is being forced to pay for something. Now it has actual value to the subscription that you pay for. Bravo Microsoft!

No, I bought Live voluntarily and out of interest. I don't have an Xbox right now because I'm working, though I can play AND work when I feel like it.

I don't go on PS3 because it bores me out the ass. I don't get good head popping games with chainsaws chopping human bodies like Gears of War on PS3. It's the same ol' crap you guys pull use as an excuse. "forced to pay it" my ass.

I'm just pointing out a fact. Xbox Live finally offers the consumer actual value rather than them being forced to pay for Live because they can't do anything online without it.

NeoandGeo said,
I'm just pointing out a fact. Xbox Live finally offers the consumer actual value rather than them being forced to pay for Live because they can't do anything online without it.

Oh oops, I was replying to Mr. XXIV but I guess I didn't quote him. >.<

NeoandGeo said,
I'm just pointing out a fact. Xbox Live finally offers the consumer actual value rather than them being forced to pay for Live because they can't do anything online without it.

Oh, you mean like Party Chats while switching and downloading games, watching TV with apps like TWC TV on Xbox 360, or even texting our buddies from the Web or SmartGlass?

Prosidius said,
PS4 will have dedicated servers. Already announced.

Pshh, you mean that KillZone or COD news? lol

I have been doing that and much more on PC for years. No payments to anyone ever. You can try and justify it all you want, but you have been wasting your money each month for stuff that should be free. Now you finally have value to your money that you give. Good for you, you're not wasting it anymore. You're a big boy now!

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The fact Microsoft charges you to use a web browser is enough alone to prevent me from getting an Xbox One. I have no idea how they get away with charging for Netflix and all the other apps. If I was Netflix, I would be pretty ****ed and tell them to make it a free app.

Even with this change, PSN is a better value. PSN gives you more recent games and more of them. just for signing up you get like 14 games right off the bat.

Mr.XXIV said,

Oh, you mean like Party Chats while switching and downloading games, watching TV with apps like TWC TV on Xbox 360, or even texting our buddies from the Web or SmartGlass?

Pshh, you mean that KillZone or COD news? lol

Doesn't change the fact that we still get better quality all around.

Shoot, when's the last time Microsoft ever bricked their console with an update?

And keep the PC out of this. This is a console war.

Better quality? The RROD would like a word with you.

Mr.XXIV said,
Doesn't change the fact that we still get better quality all around.

Shoot, when's the last time Microsoft ever bricked their console with an update?

And keep the PC out of this. This is a console war.

You guys are beyond silly. Gold just got better in value with the Games for Gold service, and all you can do is bash it and MS. Get over this console war BS and move on. People that pay for Gold are happy to see it improve and those that hate MS or the XB will continue to love whatever service they want.

We haven't had RROD in years, buddy.

At least we're loyal enough to pay for good ONLINE gaming. The only games you have that are good for online gaming are games like COD and BF which are on BOTH consoles.

Oh you're right, it only took 5 years for Microsoft to release a console that doesn't RROD...

Except Playstation has Uncharted, the Last of Us, Killzone, Little Big Planet, amongst others for multiplayer. You have what, Halo?

Mr.XXIV said,
We haven't had RROD in years, buddy.

At least we're loyal enough to pay for good ONLINE gaming. The only games you have that are good for online gaming are games like COD and BF which are on BOTH consoles.

CoD on either console was hosted by a player not a dedicated server. Ghosts has for all platforms dedicated servers. But either for PS3 or 360, get to be the host, turn on torrents or something that breaks your connection and you are FTW. Worked on either console last time I tried (modern warfare or something)

Not enough gore games for PS3? haha, you obviously have no clue. Plenty of gore and brutal action games to be found on the PS3.

And XB:L has been better than PSN so far, works a bit smoother and cross-chat etc. But meh, I rarely used cross-chat on the 360 besides just inviting people who were finishing up on another game before playing one together. Big whoop, few minutes of more talking to buddies. and together with the slowness of the PS Home screen are due to system limitations.

XB:L is not light years ahead of PSN. PSN is a bit slower overall (trophies and friend list loading for example). But when you get used to 2-5min load times (on both consoles) of games, a few seconds of waiting isn't much of an issue. Plus these slow issues and cross-chat functionality is fixed with the PS4.
Both services are quite equal to eachother in normal usage, I only favor PSN because PSN+ and my 60+ games library I've made over the course of a year and the upto 90% discounts on a lot (unfortunately rarely on recently launched titles).

Ah well, been a few years since I actively used a 360, in my surroundings everyone seems to have a PS3 nowadats. And a lot of which used to have (or only had) a 360.

Guess MS had no choice offering 2 free games every month to just like Sony Since PSN+ at least I personally noticed that those that owned a 360, nowadays only play PS3 or even sold/traded their 360.

But good progress, I was waiting for this to become permanent to put the XBO on my wish list

NeoandGeo said,
I never had a problem when I played MAG or COD4 online on PS3, and this was several years ago. You are talking about comparing the OG Xbox to PS2 online, that was a big difference. You using random justification generator for being screwed out of money yearly for a service that MS wants you to believe has value again in this day and age? Tsk, tsk. Just admit, Live finally has value and there is finally a reason to give them money every year for the 360/PS3 generation onward.

PSN has never been as reliable or robust as XBL. Your personal experience may be different, but lots of us have both and I'm sorry, XBL blows PSN out of the water. Let's not even touch the security debacle that Sony went through...

Prosidius said,
Better quality? The RROD would like a word with you.

Oh crap, I forgot about the Yellow Light of Death, the security nightmare, the horrible ports to PS3 for the first 5 years, the higher price, PSN instability and reliability compared to XBL, etc. etc. etc.

There is a place for both but wow are you ever one-sided.

Cool. I've now got three games waiting for me to play because of GWG (Crackdown, AC2, and Dead Rising). Got lucky - given my collection it seemed unlikely there'd be games I hadn't already played. It'll be very useful in tiding me over until I get an X1.

spenser.d said,
Cool. I've now got three games waiting for me to play because of GWG (Crackdown, AC2, and Dead Rising). Got lucky - given my collection it seemed unlikely there'd be games I hadn't already played. It'll be very useful in tiding me over until I get an X1.

Yup, I was very happy with Dead Rising 2 and Crackdown. This may actually keep me playing my Xbox 360 while I wait for Xbox One games to come out (I have it pre-ordered).

neonspark said,
why wouldn't it be permanent. if anything, it should be available to everybody and ditch the gold subscription.

I agree, and they should buy me a car, why wont you buy me a car MS? Greedy company

I wish Games with Gold had "heavy discount" offers on Xbox One games as part of the program. Say; newer games being available to Gold Members for $34.99 - $39.99, 60-90 days after street date. And do this in conjunction with the Freebie Games and they have a sure hit on their hands. I think sales would go through the roof. I know this kinda cannibalizes their retail partners who do physical copies. But sales would soar.

And they should offer the older versions of Sports titles as GwG. If Madden 25 is out they should just give away Madden 13 or whatever it's called. Give away NBA 2K12, Give away FiFa 12..

Edited by Showan, Oct 18 2013, 12:59pm :

Well - actually I am wondering that not more people complaint about either the games that suck or that they have to pay for gold to get it

They have to pay for Gold either way so why complain about the free games? It's more content for the same money they would have to pay anyway.

Because the free games aren't free. Part of your gold subscription goes into this.
Or unlike Sony, MS can magically just take these games from publishers, give them to people and not have anyone pay for it?
Cause many publishers will absolutely not agree to that. (EA games for example)

-adrian- said,
Well - actually I am wondering that not more people complaint about either the games that suck or that they have to pay for gold to get it

On the Sony side you have to pay for PSN+ in order to get free games there too.

I expect them to expand it to the Xbox One once they have more games out for them to do so. I doubt they'd offer games that just came out for free, but 6 or so months later when they're on the 2rd batch of games for the system they could start it up.

GP007 said,
I expect them to expand it to the Xbox One once they have more games out for them to do so. I doubt they'd offer games that just came out for free, but 6 or so months later when they're on the 2rd batch of games for the system they could start it up.

Yeah, I think we'll see this on the One as well. Though I'd be surprised if we saw it before a year...