Microsoft is making changes to Xbox Games with Gold

The company states that it has "reached the limits" of its ability to add more Xbox 360 games to Xbox Games with Gold.


Microsoft is making changes to the Xbox Games with Gold program amidst subscriber calls for the company to consider shutting it down or merging it with the Xbox Game Pass.

Fans are hoping that Games with Gold will still include four games after October.

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Starting in October, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members will no longer receive Xbox 360 titles.

Here is what Microsoft had to say in its latest email to users:

We have reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog; 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. Any Xbox 360 titles that you redeem via Games with Gold before that time are yours to keep on your Xbox account, regardless of whether you continue your subscription.

Microsoft deserves props for supporting backwards compatibility on the Xbox Series S/X.

Games with Gold is a long-time Microsoft program where the company gives away two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers each month. However, Microsoft sometimes replaces one of the Xbox 360 titles with an original Xbox title. It is still unknown if Microsoft will add two Xbox One games in place of the Xbox 360 games or if the company will downsize the Games with Gold freebies to just three or even two Xbox One titles.

We've seen Microsoft make changes to Xbox Live Gold in recent years like when Microsoft consolidated Xbox Live Gold into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The dissolution of the Xbox 360 games offering is just the latest change.

Xbox Live Gold is a direct competitor to the former PlayStation Plus, which is now known as the Essential tier. After Sony made several changes to how PS Plus worked, fans are hoping that Microsoft will do the same. Specifically, some are asking for Microsoft to make do with Xbox Live Gold and fully integrate it into the Game Pass. We don't know if Microsoft will do what audiences want or not. But, we doubt that this is part of the company's priority.

We doubt that the changes to Games with Gold will affect the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription numbers.

Speaking of the Game Pass, Microsoft just announced a massive slate of games coming to its popular video game subscription service. This must be the company's attempt to keep audiences in the loop after delaying Starfield and Redfall.

Ray Ampoloquio
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