Xbox Live Gold members to get free games on Xbox One in 2014

Microsoft's "Games with Gold" program for Xbox 360 owners will be extended to the Xbox One sometime in 2014. The company announced the news today via the the Twitter feed of Larry Hryb, Xbox Live director of programming.

Hryb didn't offer any more details on how the Xbox One version would work, but more information would be revealed sometime later next year. Microsoft started the "Games for Gold" program for Xbox 360 owners earlier this summer, allowing paid Xbox Live Gold subscribers to access two selected downloadable games for free. Each game could be downloaded for zero dollars for around two weeks before reverting back to a paid game.

While the program was supposed to stop at the end of 2013, Microsoft recently decided to extend "Games for Gold" for the Xbox 360 indefinitely. Currently, the free game is "A World of Keflings," the city building-fantasy title. On Nov. 16, the free game will be "Iron Brigade," a tower defense title that takes place in an alternate World War I.

As we reported earlier this week, Sony will allow paid PlayStation Plus owners to download and play two of the PlayStation 4 launch titles for free, "Resogun" and "Contrast."

Source: Larry Hryb on Twitter

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Now, if they could just remove the Gold requirement for media content.

XBOX One is the only console requiring a paid account to consume media apps like Netflix.
They really want it to fail.

Not true. The Xbox 360 also requires a paid account to use those apps and it didn't fail.

But it would be nice if they removed that requirement.

TheCyberKnight said,
Now, if they could just remove the Gold requirement for media content.

XBOX One is the only console requiring a paid account to consume media apps like Netflix.
They really want it to fail.

As they keep adding value to Gold with this move plus any others like game sharing which should make it back in next year as well I expect, then there's no need to keep media apps or any apps behind Gold.

So this could all change later.

This is expected, since MS disclosed a few weeks ago that XBL users on the 360 would be getting this perk as well. Here's hoping a few are AAA titles... (wishful thinking / crushes dream).

dbam987 said,
This is expected, since MS disclosed a few weeks ago that XBL users on the 360 would be getting this perk as well. Here's hoping a few are AAA titles... (wishful thinking / crushes dream).

Im hoping AAA 360 Games as well as AAA XBOX1 (they might come in late 2014 or early 2015 )

I hope this program embraces some Indy Devs, i'm excited to see how XBL matures and competes against PSN. Wonder if it will be expiring content access or modeled after 360 where we keep it forever

WhatTheSchmidt said,
How XBL matures? It has been around for years longer than PSN, and Sony has been scrambling to copy it as much as they can.

yeah, i know this.. but lets be honest, Microsoft had to up the ante just recently because of competition from PSN.. i'm glad there is competition and i'm glad to pay for XBL I think you mis understood what i was talking about, xbl is awesome sauce and i'm happy we get to keep the games and not just temporary license and i hope the keep forever concept is translated to x1.

The only thing that PSN did over Live was the free game thing, but Live was still a much better system. Sony did a 180, from years of marketing that you don't need to pay for PSN for online gaming, to making it a paid system just so they could compete with Live.

Oh, and one thing PSN had that Live didn't was PS Home. Most would consider that a bonus to Live.

DixieNormus said,
Corporations like money.

They charge money for their services.

They make money.

They stay relative in the market.

In other words, Microsoft was just being greedy, but now that Sony is charging it is because corporations exist to make money and Sony deserves the money that they charge.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

In other words, Microsoft was just being greedy, but now that Sony is charging it is because corporations exist to make money and Sony deserves the money that they charge.

don't question the system just send corporations your money.. or they will take it from you

WhatTheSchmidt said,

In other words, Microsoft was just being greedy, but now that Sony is charging it is because corporations exist to make money and Sony deserves the money that they charge.

Where are you getting this stuff from? Who here was saying that Microsoft was greedy, but Sony deserves the money? I noticed that as the launch of the Playstation 4 draws near, your strawman arguments have been ramping up. I'm starting to remember why your nohone and SolyentG accounts were banned.