Xbox Games with Gold Will Drop Xbox 360 Games in October

Posted on July 5, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Games, Uncategorized, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 4 Comments

Xbox Live Gold members will no longer receive two free Xbox 360 games every month starting in October 2022. The company has started sending emails to subscribers to notify them about the change this morning, though the Games with Gold program isn’t going away.

“We have reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalogue; however, Games with Gold will continue to include exciting Xbox One titles and exclusive savings each month. This will not impact any Xbox 360 games that you downloaded before October 2022,” the company explained in the email.

What this means is that all the Xbox 360 titles that you claimed via the Games with Gold program until now will be yours to keep forever, even if you stop your subscription. In comparison, Xbox One games redeemed via Games with Gold still require an active subscription to be played.

Microsoft launched its Games with Gold program with Xbox 360 games back in June 2013, and Xbox One games were added a year later. Starting in November 2015, all Xbox 360 games offered via the program became backward compatible on Xbox One consoles.

With Microsoft ending its backward compatibility program for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles last year, the company just had a limited selection of Xbox 360 games to offer to Gold subscribers going forward. In the past 3 months, we’ve actually seen the company re-offer previous Gold titles to subscribers such as Torchlight, Super Meat Boy, or Hydro Thunder Hurricane.

Even though it’s not the end of the road for the Xbox Live Gold program yet, further changes are probably going to happen down the road. In recent years, the program had become far less valuable with Xbox Game Pass consistently getting better games, and Microsoft also dropped the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play Xbox games last year. Maybe Microsoft will get rid of Xbox Live Gold once Xbox Game Pass reaches a certain milestone, but for now, Gold benefits will continue to be included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

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4 responses to “Xbox Games with Gold Will Drop Xbox 360 Games in October”

  1. christianwilson

    Games with Gold was a great perk of Xbox Live Gold for its time but I can see the pool of games drying up on the 360 side at this point. We are two generations removed from that era.

    I used to claim my Games with Gold games every month whether I wanted the games or not. There were some good offerings for a while but even before I finally jumped on the Game Pass bandwagon, it was clear that Microsoft's focus shifted to the Game Pass library. Post-Game Pass, I rarely pay attention to what is offered on Games with Gold.

  2. huddie

    I'm amazed that Games With Gold were still available for Xbox 360 until now.

  3. rm

    Don't get rid of Gold, it allows you to buy up to three years of Gold and buy only 1 month of Game Pass Ultimate and you now have the the same number of month of GPU as you did Gold + 1 month a lot cheaper than buying 3 years of GPU.

    • Thretosix

      Agree, I still have a sub until March of 2024. Best deal going. Just have to pay up front. My understanding is you can let it lapse wash, rinse, repeat as well.

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