When Will Gold Games Remove Xbox 360 Games?

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Microsoft announced this week that it will no longer offer monthly free Xbox 360 games as part of its Games With Gold program starting in October. Emails announcing the news have been sent to Xbox Live subscribers, and Microsoft promises to keep giving out free Xbox One games in the future.

Games With Gold launched in 2013 in response to PlayStation’s monthly game giveaways for PS Plus members. The service is part of Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate. start with Fable III in June 2013, Microsoft made at least one free Xbox 360 game available to players every month. All of these games are also backward compatible with Xbox One and later Xbox Series X/S consoles since 2015. But all good things come to an end…

I just received my warning email regarding the news a few hours ago. In the email, Microsoft says it’s “reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog” but plans to continue offering “Xbox One titles and exclusive discounts each month.”

Here is the full email statement:

Beginning October 1, 2022, monthly games made available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members through Games with Gold will no longer include Xbox 360 titles.

We’ve reached the limit of our ability to catalog Xbox 360 games; However, Games with Gold will continue to feature exciting Xbox One titles and exclusive discounts each month.

This will not affect Xbox 360 games that you downloaded before October 2022. Any Xbox 360 titles you redeem through Games with Gold before that time can be kept on your Xbox account, regardless of whether you continue your subscription.

Thank you for being a loyal member.

Team Xbox

As for your potentially large library of free Xbox 360 games, they are safe and sound. Microsoft stated that all of these games will still be downloadable and playable after October. Even better, all of these games stay in your digital library regardless of whether you cancel your Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass membership.

While losing free spins is always a bit sad, today with game pass, I’ve always seen Games With Gold as a relic. In fact, a few weeks ago I was looking at some of the recent Xbox 360 giveaways and wondered how much longer Microsoft plans to keep things going. It turns out until October.

Now the question is: how long does Games With Gold or even Xbox Live Gold last before Microsoft moves on to get everyone into it? game pass. We will see.