Xbox One finally gets Games with Gold; get your first free games today

Last month Microsoft announced that owners of the Xbox One would get the Games with Gold deal that launched to Xbox 360 users in June of last year, and the date has finally arrived. Users can now download two free games on the Xbox One: The top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault, and the side-scrolling platformer Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.

According to a blog post from Major Nelson, the free games for Xbox One are also supplemented by the release of Xbox One's Deals with Gold, which means that users can purchase the popular Crimson Dragon for 50% off.

Xbox 360 users are treated to three games this month, including Dark Souls and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, which means that if you own both consoles, you can download five free games in June. Microsoft announced that it would remove the Gold subscription requirement for access to Netflix in June, but their Games with Gold program offers a solid incentive for anyone looking for reasons to keep paying for an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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I just downloaded and tried both these games and I personally dont think either game is that good. I did not really have any fun playing them. I tried each one for about 30 minutes before getting bored.

Mandosis said,
I just downloaded and tried both these games and I personally dont think either game is that good. I did not really have any fun playing them. I tried each one for about 30 minutes before getting bored.

Wow, they were free, so were they that bad that even being free you needed to complain about them?

Thats taking it a bit far. I am just saying what I think about the games. I did not enjoy them and glad they were free because I was thinking about buying Spartan Assault. You took my comment the wrong way. I greatly appreciate what they are doing but I just did not fancy these games. And if I am not mistaken I am free to say what I like about these games. I did not realize I would get attacked for saying what I did.

Mandosis said,
Thats taking it a bit far. I am just saying what I think about the games. I did not enjoy them and glad they were free because I was thinking about buying Spartan Assault. You took my comment the wrong way. I greatly appreciate what they are doing but I just did not fancy these games. And if I am not mistaken I am free to say what I like about these games. I did not realize I would get attacked for saying what I did.

My apologies, I did not intend on making you feel attacked. I just felt since they didn't cost you anything extra that there was no need to whine about it.

Sorry.

I have an open outlook on games like this. Max isn't really my kind of game, but since it's free, I'll try it. I like Halo so I'll try Spartan. Each to their own I guess :) Some people don't like them outright, some will keep an open mind, some love these type of games, you can't please everyone all the time, the beauty of humanity, we're all different ;).

UPDATE: The games won't install, they download and install to 99% then they both stop with "Installation stopped!"

The error code is 0x87de07dc and it seems others over at TrueAchievements and Xbox.com are having the same issues. Looks like there's some kind of DRM for the "rental" service that isn't working correctly :(

I've tried both games twice, even rebooted and got the dreaded System Error screen with error code E303 while both games were in their errored stopped state in the queue. Rebooted again and the console started OK after staying on the Xbox One boot screen for longer than usual, likely due to a disk check. E303 seems to be a game update failure error.

Uninstalling the games after they error out then rebooting results in a clean start. I have a feeling we're gonna need to wait for the June system update for the GwG rental system to work right :(

Edited by Tidosho, Jun 3 2014, 11:39pm :

It's been overnight and it still doesn't work. Typical Microsoft getting everyone excited with games they can't use cuz we need to wait for a system update.

It's like giving your kid a really expensive remote control car for their birthday, letting them open it, then snatching it away saying "You'll have to wait to play with it, I can't afford batteries for you to use it!"

They should have released the update first, then announced the release of the free games.

Edited by Tidosho, Jun 4 2014, 12:59pm :

There IS NOW an update! I just went into Apps and Games, Settings, System and Update Console, there's a 296MB update! Fingers crossed :)

It doesn't seem to be an auto update, it might just be a minor compatibility update not major system one so you have to check manually.

UPDATE: The update seems to have worked, the games now install fully. The external storage option is now available too!

Settings-System-Manage Storage - "For more space, plug in external storage. (USB 3,0 or faster, 256GB or larger.) Yippee!

Tidosho said,
UPDATE: The update seems to have worked, the games now install fully. The external storage option is now available too!

Settings-System-Manage Storage - "For more space, plug in external storage. (USB 3,0 or faster, 256GB or larger.) Yippee!

Nice, thanks for the info. The June update probably fixed the game installing update then. Will DL when I get home.

techbeck said,

Nice, thanks for the info. The June update probably fixed the game installing update then. Will DL when I get home.

To be honest I didn't expect this update to be the June one, I thought it was just a last-minute compatibility update to solve just that issue with it only being 293MB, but am nicely surprised!

Didn't get either game. In fact all I have so far is Forza, Titanfall, and Tomb Raider and Titanfall has been taking all of my time, so I feel like I'm going to cash in big time with this program initially.

Nice! Downloading now. Works fine through the console dashboard, I'm in the UK. Got my Live Gold sub until December, so this free rental will do me fine!

I may as well stop buying "Arcade Titles"... I'm paid up on Live Gold Passes till about 2020 or so.

I already have Spartan Assault (PC, WP, One) an Max (One)...

I may as well just pump my brakes on buying these smaller titles, and see what MS gives to me for free.

Showan said,
I may as well stop buying "Arcade Titles"... I'm paid up on Live Gold Passes till about 2020 or so.

I already have Spartan Assault (PC, WP, One) an Max (One)...

I may as well just pump my brakes on buying these smaller titles, and see what MS gives to me for free.

Bummer, I already own both of those game too. Oh well, it be like that sometimes.

Showan said,
I may as well stop buying "Arcade Titles"... I'm paid up on Live Gold Passes till about 2020 or so.

I already have Spartan Assault (PC, WP, One) an Max (One)...

I may as well just pump my brakes on buying these smaller titles, and see what MS gives to me for free.

Why would you prepay for Xbox Live Gold until 2020? Is there some risk of a massive price increase or something?

Seems like a bad way to spend your funds...

LogicalApex said,

Why would you prepay for Xbox Live Gold until 2020? Is there some risk of a massive price increase or something?

Seems like a bad way to spend your funds...

Yeah, unless they give you a sizeable discount for buying such a long sub?

Every time I've come across a sub for $30 - $35 I would buy it and sit on it.

Christmas 2013, Target was giving away 3month subs for $10 a pop so I grabbed some of those as well.

I figured it like this. My 360 gets heavy use and my One gets heavy use, so why not.

there were running a promotion about 2 years ago for me, since i have had my live acct for almost 10 years at that point where i could buy a month of gold for 99cents. so i sent 100$ and bought almost 8 1/2 years worth of live. was a great deal. -=)


Tidosho said,

Yeah, unless they give you a sizeable discount for buying such a long sub?

LogicalApex said,

Seems like a bad way to spend your funds...

Pennywise Pound foolish.

A few years back Game were doing a deal where you could pick up a 12 month XBL sub with a game. I was buying games for people for Christmas and managed to pick up four 12 month subs that worked out at about £12 each, that's a pound a month for four years! still got another year too.

I received a promotion that was sent to me via email through Xbox about a couple of years ago, and I couldn't resist it because it was $80 (I believe) for two years. I was hoping that I will receive that offer again, but no such luck. :)

So for anyone in any of the countries without XBox One released yet, or anyone who just haven't bought one yet but are planning to buy one.

You don't actually need an Xbox One to buy the games for free :)

I just did, and they'll be added to my account when I sign in.. you know, sometime this fall, unless I import one this summer ish...

I have netflix subscription but xbox keep asking me for gold subscription. I am going to check again tonight if there is update of changes.

DrOmango said,
I have netflix subscription but xbox keep asking me for gold subscription. I am going to check again tonight if there is update of changes.

Hmm... maybe you are not part of the preview wave that was released to preview group recently.

You can log in to view Netflix without Gold subscription which it works for me on mine.