Microsoft to offer five free Xbox games for June's Games with Gold program

As Microsoft promised earlier in May, owners of the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One consoles will be able to download a total of five free games in June if they are paid Xbox Live Gold subscribers. June will be the first month that Xbox One users will be able to access those games.

The first Dark Souls game is one of the three titles that will be free to download in June for Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Gold.

The Xbox Wire website reports that from June 1-15, Xbox 360 owners can download Dark Souls, the acclaimed fantasy RPG from developer From Software and publisher Namco Bandai that was first released in 2011. It normally costs $19.99 to download the game from Xbox Live. From June 16-30, Xbox 360 gamers will be able to download two free titles: the side-scroller Charlie Murder, normally priced at $9.99, and Capcom's fighting game Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, which usually costs $29.99.

Xbox One owners will have to wait until later in June to get their two free games due to the need to release a system update for the console to accommodate the changes. Once that's done, these two complimentary titles will be released in June: the top down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault, normally priced at $9.99, and the side-scroller Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, which usually costs $14.99. Microsoft has not yet announced exactly when the two games will be free to download.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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Interesting. I doubt we will see it until around the end of the year or possibly longer. That would be way better than streaming.

That's a pretty general rumour. Who knows what its actually going to be, and I bet w their 'amazing' Azure cloud platform, they'll probably just stream. don't get me wrong emulator would be the best thing but doubtful.

FloatingFatMan said,

Impossible to achieve with any kind of playable speed. Easier to just recompile the games and fix any issues in code.

They are a Software Engineering Company and so I will say that they can do it with 0 problems

EvilAstroboy said,

They are a Software Engineering Company and so I will say that they can do it with 0 problems

I couldn't care less if they were god themselves. No software can EVER run as fast as the hardware. The PowerPC processor and GPU in the 360 are just too powerful to emulate on current level hardware at any playable speed.

As a rule of thumb you need a MINIMUM, x3 the power/speed of the machine you're emulating. This is especially so for the PowerPC processor, which has a totally different architecture to the x86 family. Even Apple never got it completely right, and that was with desktop apps that didn't need speed.

Even today, things like the old consoles and computers are not perfect. Even a top of the line i7 and a pair of GTX Titan Z's couldn't do it.

They have two options for "emulating" 360 titles. Streaming, or recompile for the new architecture (which will either be a big or small job, depending on the number of hacks in the game code).

EvilAstroboy said,
They are a Software Engineering Company and so I will say that they can do it with 0 problems

You're obviously not a software engineer.

_dandy_ said,

You're obviously not a software engineer.

Had to read my comments back and make sure i didnt say that I was, boy that would have been a pickle ;)

It irks me a bit that I bothered buying Max now and I will now avoid buying any of the smaller games in future.
Games with gold makes you think about what you will and won't purchase as a strategic decision. I have mixed feelings about it (obviously if I get free stuff that's cool).

Simple. If there's a game you really want to play right now, buy it. If it's something you might eventually get around to playing, don't buy it until you really have to, because it'll either a) go on sale or b) go on gold.

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