Xbox One free game promotion news coming soon

Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer says gamers should expect news about Games with Gold on Xbox One "fairly soon."

News about the Xbox One's Games with Gold promotion is coming soon.

Responding to a fan on Twitter who asked when the promotion would be available, Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer said, "Answer to this will be coming fairly soon."

It's not clear what "fairly soon" means, but the announcement isn't likely to come this week, Spencer said. Of note, Spencer attended the Super Bowl last night.

The Games with Gold promotion is currently available on Xbox 360. Through the program, Xbox Live Gold members ($60/year) get two free games per month to keep, even if their Gold subscription lapses. This month's free titles are Dead Island (Feb. 1-15) and Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Feb. 16-28).

Microsoft announced in November that Games with Gold would be extended to Xbox One, but has yet to reveal any specifics about the promotion.

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438 comments
Callum Hurley
Callum Hurley

Sony sucks? Hmmm... Cheaper, runs games at 1080p 60fps while Xbox One runs at 720p at 30fps.... They seem a lot better to me.

jark888
jark888

I'll really be appreciated if Microsoft stop being an a$$ and allow Skype on Xbox 360 as soon as possible. It's not like they won't benefit from it.

Moreover, can't they offer more extensive discount on digital contents including DLC for gold members just like PS Plus members benefit from? This will be a win win situation for all party involved; Microsoft, publishers, and gamers. My personal concern is this. There're some DLC on certain game series I'm willing to support from buying, but the combined cost of them can buy the entire game series in brand new condition twice and It's been like this for year(s).

deathstream
deathstream

They need a few more months and games before this is viable.  Sony has an early edge in indie games, which are much easier to give away at this stage.  Once the indie devs get their games on Xbox One, which most have said they plan to do, MS will have more room to start giving away cheapies.  They are already discounting Xbox One games.


Just saw that Lococycle is price dropped to $9.99 USD.

Jordan Siegel
Jordan Siegel

I wonder if we'll get actual xbox one games? Unlike how ps4 just gives away old PC games.

Callum Hurley
Callum Hurley

Not a fact. It is only a fact under certain circumstances. For instance, in the US, GTA V sold more on 360. In Japan, it sold around 42 MILLION MORE copies on PS3 than 360. Hell, it sold better on PS3 in the UK too.

Chris Amyotte
Chris Amyotte

^Dead Island; if they ever decide to give away Infinite, it's probably not gonna happen for a long time since people are still buying it.

Carl Toolan
Carl Toolan

not giving bioshock infinite away are they

Jamison Biden
Jamison Biden

Jared Bartolo Jeremy Mcnair Tomi Ayilara Tom Ricketts

Daz Sams
Daz Sams

Lol how many people believe sony GIVE you something for free you are renting it you're sub ends you can't use it well the full game anyway

blackace
blackace

That's why I'm holding off on getting some of those Indie games, cause I'm sure one or two of those Indie games will be the first ones added. I bet Lococycle will be the first, since it's the worse Indie game of the bunch. Peggle 2 will probably be next. I doubt it will be a full game. Even the PS4 free games have been nothing, but Indies.

Jared Beasley
Jared Beasley

Lol that didn't make sense brian but hey free games still dont make up for crap service.

CinemaFigure
CinemaFigure

I want them to add in XBLA game trials. Where's that? 

ohyde123
ohyde123

I've been with the xbox for how many years now and their just now doing this?.......Geez

James Buck
James Buck

box coppying playstaoin for years

David Chang
David Chang

^Thats a smart strategy, now getting into more bad press isn't...

Chris Dye
Chris Dye

the only reason sony even did the free games with playstation plus so they could hold onto their fan base when they had the major system hack. if it was not for that i highly doubt you would have even seen it

Jared Beasley
Jared Beasley

Good job. U are the great kids ever your parents wallets are proud. Freaking lame asses

Jason Lane
Jason Lane

I expect the first free Xbox One games will be ones like PowerStar Golf, Crimson Dragon, and LocoCycle - basically, the full games you could buy digitally for around £16. That's why I didn't bother buying PSG and CD when they were on sale and reduced by £4 recently.

Jeff Lugar
Jeff Lugar

So this is an article saying "we'll have an article about the promotion soon"? How about actual news, not wasting space with an article that says "there's no news right now".

Jon Taylor
Jon Taylor

Some of you people don't know what you are on about as with games with gold if gold expires you can still play the game with a silver account where as ps plus you can't play the game without subscribing

Brian Hosie
Brian Hosie

There are no games on the Xbox one to give away :-/

Saul Contreras
Saul Contreras

Maxim, actually yes. When sony has flash sales and non members get 50% off of games, ps+ members get %75 off I bought puppeteer for my son for $9 when non members were getting it for $17, I also bought epic mickey 2 for my vita for $8 when non members got it for $15 during that flash sale

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

You don't "rent" the games. You keep them forever. You're thinking of the 60 minute full trials.

Kyle Wease
Kyle Wease

What games are they gonna give now? Morr crap ones I think

Lee Delease
Lee Delease

So I can always play Halo 3, Gears 1 and Rainbow Six, 5 year old titles forever even after my Gold expires?! :/ Wow the temptation

Jaes Anthony
Jaes Anthony

Was it really THAT funny Jam? Did your FA really come O?

Brian Eyekon Koehler
Brian Eyekon Koehler

the main reason ps+ gets better games is because multiplat games sell better on Xbox 360 and they are usually xbox 360 ports most of the time.

Saul Contreras
Saul Contreras

Brian, lol that doesn't mean anything, I can disconnect my PS3, PS4, and Vita from the internet and still play them. The systems keep the time and date so if you disconnect it knows you're a member still.

Tyler Dnap VanNeste
Tyler Dnap VanNeste

when you download a free game, you can play it always even when your subscription is expired :P

vividhsv
vividhsv

I don't know what Xbox youre playing on, but mine runs 60fps constant.... Doesn't overheat like that PS4 does, and mi not having to go out and buy a ton of accessories to fully use my system like PS4 owner HAVE to..... so yeah, take your little uneducated, fanboy ass out of here LOL.

thinkcubed
thinkcubed

Tomb Raider runs 1080p 30 fps.... Forza 5 runs 1080p 60 fps.

Aragorn823
Aragorn823

Seeing that you wouldn't know if I said this then here it is for fun: Your Mum sucks deal with it lol :P

Aragorn823
Aragorn823

I'm just reading "bla bla bla...bla bla" oh it's you again. Stop commenting lol..

Aragorn823
Aragorn823

Are you laughing at your Mum's face? HAHAHA yes that's real funny ya know?! LOL xD

blackace
blackace

Sony has been copying Nintendo and Microsoft for years.

matthewkenealy
matthewkenealy

I'd be careful what you say about stealing from PlayStation. Let's see what Sony has ripped off over the years, Shall we?

Wiimote > Playstation Move

Xbox Live Party Chat > PlayStation Party Chat

Achievements > Trophies

And the list goes on. Also, Games with Gold is different to the way PS Plus is designed. It isn't a sub fee for GwG but instead for multiplayer. If you stop paying for Gold you keep the games, not the same with PS Plus.

IamTheBesteva
IamTheBesteva

I feel bad for that kid in your profile picture to have a moron as a parent. Smh.

blackace
blackace

Same as the PS4. Resogun, Contrast, Don't Starve. LOL!!

blackace
blackace

Sure there are. Same as on the PS4. Indies!!! LOL!! Resogun, Contrast, Don't Starve

chetram
chetram

@thinkcubed  the XBoxOne version is 1080p30fps.. PS4 is 1080p60fps....// Call of Duty ghosts is 1080p on PS4 n720p on XboxOne // thief 1080p on PS4  lower on Xbox one// similarly its mostly lower for multiplatform Xbox One games... although i dont care about resolution when i play my xbox 1... its astounding that xboxone cannot get 1080p for most games even in 2014....