Microsoft to continue “Games with Gold” offer for the Xbox 360 beyond December 2013
The E3 Xbox One launch event might have been the biggest PR mess for Microsoft but if there was one redeeming announcement, that would be the Games with Gold offer for all the Xbox Live gold members. The offer, which is still in the running was initially planned as a perk of some sort in a lead up to the Xbox One launch and was supposed to stop by December but it looks like Microsoft wants to continue it further. Based on the Xbox Wire blog, the limited “Thank You” program will be going on forever even after the launch of the Xbox One.
Sony’s Playstation Plus was the first subscription service to offer this kind of a “two games per month free” after millions of PSN members lost their credentials to hackers. The program then continued and became a standard with any PSN Plus account. So far the games offered on the Xbox 360 have been older ones, like Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo3, Rainbow Six Vegas etc. which is kinda underwhelming because all those games are practically available for only around 600 INR these days, but in contrast, PSN Plus offers newer games, like recently, they offered Sleeping Dogs, Assassins Creed 3 and even FarCry 3. There’s one caveat though, the PSN Plus games work as long as you have an account with them, but the 360 games are yours to keep.
According to the Xbox Wire –
Today, as a part of the “Week of Xbox Live,” we’re excited to announce that we are making Games with Gold an ongoing benefit for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.
Whether they are blockbuster AAA or popular arcade titles, Games with Gold continues to offer a diverse mix of games with two free Xbox 360 titles a month – yours to keep and at no additional cost.
So, there you go. We suspect there is a spike in the uptake of Gold accounts for these free games and hence why Microsoft is pursuing it out of the earlier window, but hey it’s all great for us consumers! Especially now that the next generation is here, the longevity of the Xbox 360 can now be further increased with monthly free games like these. But will it ever match the line up of the PSN Plus games? At least with DRM restrictions? We hope Microsoft listens and does another 180 on its policies. One can hope, right?
via Xbox Wire