Games With Gold To Stop Featuring Xbox 360 This October

End Of An Era

Xbox 360

For the last nine years Microsoft’s Games With Gold program has provided Xbox players with monthly free games as long as they’re subscribed to Xbox Live Gold. That isn’t changing, but the service is set to feature its largest change since its inception this October. That’s because starting in October the Xbox 360 will no longer receive monthly games.

Since the start Games With Gold has included two Xbox 360 and two Xbox One games each month. The Xbox One games will continue, but the 360, which received its last game nearly four years ago, will not. This is a service that launched with the 360 and which has always featured its games so that’s a big change. Microsoft says that they have reached the limits on what they can offer on that platform though. Presumably that means that most of the publishers interested in having their games featured on this service have already done so.

What this means for the number of monthly inclusions remains to be seen. Perhaps Xbox Series X|S titles will replace these. Or perhaps we’ll just get two games each month going forward. In truth, recent months have featured lackluster lineups anyway as Microsoft have clearly put their focus on Game Pass. Still, free games are free games and it’s been nice to get monthly surprises. It’s good to know that most Xbox players though, at least those not still doing their gaming on their 360, will continue to have access to new monthly titles.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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