In October, Microsoft intends to discontinue including Xbox 360 games in the monthly Games with Gold promotion that it runs. The video game developer has begun sending out emails to Xbox Live Gold customers to inform them of the impending shift. In the message, the developer states that the company has “reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog.”
Games with Gold is a perk that is included in Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions and is offered on a monthly basis. Each month, Microsoft chooses the free games that it will distribute, and all Xbox 360 games can be played on the most recent Xbox Series X / S consoles as well as the Xbox One.
Last year, Microsoft’s Xbox backward compatibility program made a brief comeback with the addition of 76 new games; however, the company made it abundantly clear that it had “reached the limit of our ability to bring new games to the catalog from the past due to licensing, legal, and technical constraints.” That would explain why there are no more new Xbox 360 titles available for purchase through the Games with Gold program at this time.
This modification will not have any effect on the Xbox 360 games that you have previously redeemed or downloaded through the Games with Gold program. This simply denotes that beginning October 1st, Microsoft will no longer add any new Xbox 360 titles to the Games with Gold program.
Even though Xbox Game Pass has established itself as the essential subscription for Xbox owners, Xbox Live Gold continues to enjoy a tremendous amount of success. Last year, Microsoft made an attempt to increase the price of an annual subscription to the program. However, after receiving negative feedback, the firm changed its mind and even removed the requirement for having an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to play free-to-play games.
Xbox Live Gold subscribers are eligible for monthly discounts at the Microsoft Store, but the vast majority of the service’s main features are now available at no additional cost to owners of contemporary Xbox consoles. However, in order to use an Xbox 360, you will still require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Microsoft started transitioning away from the Xbox Live branding last year, and it is now referring to the set of software and services as the Xbox network. This may have an impact on the future of the Xbox Live Gold subscription.