If you are an Xbox Live Gold member, your subscription will soon lose value. Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 games will soon no longer be included in the Games with Gold program.
Let’s take a look at the details of this announcement to find out how it affects you, then we’ll look at how to claim the latest Xbox 360 titles on offer.
Xbox 360 games quit games with gold
In case you’re unfamiliar, Games with Gold is part of the paid Xbox Live Gold subscription. This allows you to download games every month at no additional cost.
For the past few years, it’s been two “free” Xbox One titles, plus two Xbox 360 games (sometimes an original Xbox game will replace a 360 title). All games with Xbox 360 Gold titles since late 2015 are backwards compatible with Xbox One and Series X|S.
However, starting October 1, 2022, Microsoft will no longer provide Xbox 360 games with this program. In an email to subscribers, the company said the following:
We have reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog; however, Games with Gold will continue to include exciting Xbox One titles and exclusive savings every month.
Although the exact details are unknown, it seems that Microsoft has encountered licensing issues with Xbox 360 titles, or that there aren’t enough backwards compatible games with Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
The good news is that any Xbox 360 games with Gold titles you’ve claimed in the past (or in recent months) are yours forever, even if your subscription expires. Meanwhile, Xbox One and Series X|S titles are no longer available if you cancel your Xbox Live subscription.
How to Claim Xbox 360 Games with Gold Titles
You should claim the last months of Xbox 360 games with Gold if you are an Xbox Live subscriber. Don’t forget that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Live Gold, so if you have that service, you’re also eligible for those titles.
Note that Xbox 360 titles are staggered each month. One is available from 1 to 15; the second is available from the 16th of the current month until the 15th of the following month.
You can claim Games with Gold using your Xbox console or a browser. To retrieve them in a browser, follow these steps:
- Head to the Xbox Games with Gold page. Sign in with your Microsoft account using the link at the top right, if you’re not already signed in.
- Scroll to Now available section on this page, and you’ll see links to every available title.
- Click on each game to open the corresponding Microsoft Store page. There, click on the Obtain button on the list page.
- Confirm that you want to add the game to your library. You can install it on your system using the same button that says now install on.
On your Xbox console, here’s how to claim Games With Gold Xbox 360 titles:
- press the Xbox button on your controller to open the quick menu, then launch the Microsoft Store.
- Select Subscriptions in the main menu, followed by Xbox Live Gold.
- Scroll to games with gold title.
- Select each item to open its Shop page, then click Obtain to add it to your library.
Once you’ve acquired the games using either method, you’ll find them under My games and apps. Since you permanently keep 360 titles, they appear in Complete library below All games owned. The games with gold The section only includes Xbox One and Series X|S titles.
Fewer games with gold
While it’s reasonable for Microsoft to stop providing free games for a system that’s over 15 years old, it makes Xbox Live Gold less of an attractive package. In the coming months, we’ll learn if Microsoft plans to replace those two monthly titles with newer Xbox games, or if subscribers will be limited to two titles.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the console divide, Sony stopped supplying PS3 and PS Vita titles in 2019, although that’s different since the PS4 isn’t backward compatible with PS3 games.
Fortunately, many Xbox 360 games are playable on modern Xbox consoles, so these classics are still accessible. You can enjoy it with an Xbox Game Pass subscription; that’s just one of the many reasons why this service is a must-have for Xbox gamers.