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Big Games With Gold Changes Are Coming Soon

Big news for old school Xbox gamers this morning as Microsoft sent an email blast to Games with Gold Members this morning. NerdSimple breaks down the announcement.

Games with Gold is a benefit for subscribers of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Microsoft selects a free game each month, and all Xbox 360 titles are playable on the latest Xbox Series X / S consoles and Xbox One.

Microsoft has announced they will discontinue Xbox 360 games on its monthly Games with Gold offering in October. Microsoft has started emailing Xbox Live Gold subscribers to notify them of the change, noting that they have “reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalogue.”

If you’ve already downloaded  Xbox 360 games through Games with Gold, this change won’t impact those previous downloads. Simply put, starting October 1st, Microsoft won’t be adding any new Xbox 360 titles to the Games with Gold service.

While Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate have become the mostly required subscription for Xbox owners, Xbox Live Gold is still incredibly popular. Xbox Live Gold also provides monthly discounts for the Microsoft Store, but most of the subscription’s core features are now free to all modern Xbox owners. 

You’ll still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription for an Xbox 360, though. As for the future of Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft started moving away from the Xbox Live branding last year, as it now refers to the set of software and services as Xbox network.

Here’s the full email blast from Microsoft to Xbox Live Gold subscribers:

Beginning October 1, 2022, the monthly games provided to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members via Games with Gold will no longer include Xbox 360 titles. 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. Thank you for being a loyal member. Team Xbox

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Mitch R.
Mitch R.
Mitch was a nerd at birth. He took up console gaming in the Atari days and PC gaming in 1990. By day he works as a Solutions Architect for a major telecom company and does ASP.NET Core/Blazor/C# as side gig. Does the man ever sleep? No. He doesn't. Coffee is life.

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