Xbox One "Free Play Day" Promo Leaked

[UPDATE] Not so fast; Microsoft says the promotion was posted by mistake.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Microsoft representative told GameSpot that the "Free Play Day with Gold" promotion was posted by mistake.

"A promotional tile for Max: Curse of the Brotherhood was posted briefly on the US dash in error yesterday," the Microsoft representative said. "We apologize for any inconvenience. We're constantly exploring different ways to offer more benefits to our Xbox Live Gold members and will keep them updated when special offers become available."

The original story is below.

According to an image posted on Reddit, Microsoft will introduce a new promotion that offers free access to select Xbox One games for one day. The name of the promo is reportedly "Free Play Day with Gold," suggesting you get 24 hours of access and that you need an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

One of the first games in the Free Play Day with Gold promo is Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, which you can see in the image--posted by user JBurton90--alongside August's free Games with Gold offerings, Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut and Crimson Dragon.

The Xbox Support Twitter channels appears to confirm the Free Play Day with Gold promo, suggesting that it will be officially announced soon. It is unclear if there are any restrictions on Free Play Day with Gold titles, or whether or not you're playing the full game or just a demo.

We have followed up with Microsoft asking for more details about the rumored program and will update this post with anything we hear back.

What do you think about the idea for Free Play Day with Gold? Let us know in the comments below!

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steelmouth
steelmouth

I just had a light bulb above head moment. What if we had random free to play games, this will apply to all games released and they will only be free to play at random times for a random time. So some luck girl will get to play Destiny on release day for free but only for and hour or two or three 

Bowser05
Bowser05

Looks like a lame rendition of Origin's 'Game Time.' Now if they let us have that 24 hours from any time we wish as long as we download it within the given window...then I'm all in. While Origin isn't exactly the best of services, they have done a decent job of trying to do right. There are some neat services they offer. They merely need to speed up that process in order to keep up with the competition.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

You can tell who's a fanboy by their reaction to this news. "Free games?! That's stupid, bleeeeh"

charlesswann
charlesswann

In other xbox one news Phil Spencer experience an extra large bowl movement today.  Major Nelson says, "Stay clear from Phil's office." 

Jew1
Jew1

why not just take down the article if it was dead wrong?

grenadehh
grenadehh

I don't get it. All 3 of those games are already free for Gold members and have been for a long time.


If this free play day is the equivalent of Steams free days, why not do it with a game people don't already own because you gave it to them already.


Like seriously, if you are a gold member you already have Max COTB unless you just this month got gold.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

"promoted by mistake" my ass. ! Give me a break ! I am so use to these cheap tricks that I feel I'm gonna puke !

kyuubi_clone
kyuubi_clone

"Leaked" lol

you people are so  gullible

Barighm
Barighm

You know what? I can see MS making XBL free if sales don't pick up. That's well within their historical practices.

LordTrexGuy
LordTrexGuy

Why does Gamespot post speculation from Reddit as news?

berserker66666
berserker66666

Roll on with the infamous Microsoft 180 decisions.

cubanb804
cubanb804

Once again X1 moving forward with the next-gen..... Sweet...

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

Microsoft is allergic to "free." Kind of like how one of your parents was "allergic" to that cat you so desperately wanted as a child.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@rasterorsoniu13 its not another 180 its the internet using stuff there not supposed to and calling it whatever they want

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Bowser05 Good idea about the 24 hours from when you start playing.  I didn't even have time to download 60Gb of Titanfall while it was free.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@istuffedsunny Not that the news was legit anyway, but this would be pretty awesome if it was true.  It would likely backfire on Microsoft since there's no way in hell most developers would be okay with it, but if it was only for select titles I guess it would work.  I'm definitely not surprised that it isn't happening though.

jameston80
jameston80

@charlesswann a bowl movement huh!!!! Well ya i guess he has a lot of cereal, lol dude learn to spell correctly before you try and insult your opposite gaming console, just to let you know it's Bowel......lol

northArrow
northArrow

@grenadehh This is probably geared towards new purchases and those who don't keep their subscription active



Edit: I just read the update, nevermind

rasterror
rasterror

They're so desperate that they would let people play a game for a whole day for free instead of charging them $5 for 4 hours.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Barighm  So they would make Xbox Live free, b/c they are so desperate?  Is that the same reason why online play was free on the PS3, b/c of desperation?

Vylsith
Vylsith

@LordTrexGuy If it was on the Xbox One dashboard, it's not really speculation from Reddit....

rasterror
rasterror

Of course a Sony fanboy would find something to complain about.

babbothearm
babbothearm

@Vylsith Both the major distribution platforms on PC have had success with this kind of promotional model.  At this point, the only people that don't think this kind of promotion is viable are either willfully ignorant or have been living under a rock for yeeaaarrss.

The only devs that would have anything to worry about under this kind of promotional model are the ones who've made crap games or games with a very short play time.

thedrummer100
thedrummer100

@Vylsith At this point, I'd be surprised if Microsoft didn't add the feature. To me it sounds totally reasonable. If developers are okay with their games being free to gold members, I don't see why they wouldn't be okay with one day access. Plus, it might get the people playing the on day trial hooked on the game, and they might buy it. Ever heard of Steam free weekends? This is basically Microsoft's answer to it.

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@rasterror Yeah,I was poinitng out the fact that Sony has a simillar service on PS3,a 60 minutes trial for some gamesand Microsoft wanted to copy that and "imrpoove" it,the problem is that if you get a whole day to play a game,chances are you'd finish it.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@rasterror Someone isn't aware that the prices for Playstation Now changed from the alpha to the beta.  This isn't happening anyway.  No reason to get salty over fanboys being fanboys.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@spacecadet25 @Barighm If they did make Xbox Gold free, it definitely would be out of desperation.  Let's not pretend otherwise.  PSN was free on the PS3 from day one.  Sony was using the PC model.  You're comparing apples to oranges.  I really doubt they'll make Xbox Gold free, but if they did, it would definitely be a last ditch effort to save the Xbox One.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@n3rdy909 @rawkstar007  I've been playing Warframe for free on PC for well over a year, while fun it's nothing special and the developer decided to make it free, not MS.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

@n3rdy909 Microsoft didn't give that to you for free. That game was made to be free by the developer.

I'm not an evangelist and I'm not here to convert anyone lol.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@iammcgruber @rawkstar007 To compete with Playstation+ sure.  It's still not very good by comparison yet, but it's getting better.  At least they're trying.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@spacecadet25 @rasterror Well posting information about an event on their dashboard to get people excited and then saying "psych" isn't really good...  It's not horrible by any means, but not very professional either.

n3rdy909
n3rdy909

@rawkstar007 Even so..its still going to be free on the xbox one..bottom line..ms had to add the game to its system  right?...hmm.....same thing homie

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

@51gamer to which he will respond with being able to keep the games. These arguments become tedious.

Can't a guy just make a joke without imposing on another's insecurity in their console choice? Just bored at work. Sheesh.

kwijeebou
kwijeebou

@rawkstar007 Riight. The thing about jokes is that if what you say is just blatantly false and seems like you're just whining about a company, it doesn't really come out looking like a joke. Maybe you should try attending Clown College for a few years? You might learn something.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

@kwijeebou You must be a whiz with the ladies with all that smooth talking ;-)