What is Games with Gold?

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Games With Gold is a great addition to the Xbox Live service every owner should use.

Games With Gold is a promotional service that acts to reward loyal subscribers to the Xbox Live Gold service. Twice a month, previously costly games are provided to subscribers for free. This program is not included with the free Xbox Live subscription, but is accessible at no extra charge within the standard Xbox Live Gold subscription service.

Xbox Live Gold sells for $79.95 a year in Australia, but can be consistently found cheaper through retailer deals. It gives you instant access to Games With Gold. Over the course of a year, it is estimated that you will get access to over $1000 worth of games.

How does Games With Gold work?

When you subscribe to Xbox Live Gold there is nothing more you need to do to access Games With Gold. You will see a tile appear on your Xbox dashboard, which you can click to view the games that are available for free at that time. Please note that the available games switch over on the 15th of every month, so it is wise to check before and after this date to see what is new. It is only available for free during its two-week window after which time it will revert to its full cost.

Microsoft usually offers a mix of both Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. Games downloaded on Xbox 360 will also be available on Xbox One through Backwards Compatibility, assuming you login to both consoles using the same gamer profile.

When you go to buy the game, the list price will be removed and the word "FREE" will display. Once you have downloaded a game to your hard drive it is yours to keep for as long as you are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. So even after that month, you will still have access to play the game whenever you like.

Tips and Tricks for Games With Gold

Remember that some modern games have quite large download sizes, so always be aware that you could be about to download anywhere up to 50GB of software. While this is the extreme end of the spectrum, note that our data shows the average download size of an Xbox One game to be 16GB. You will need to account for that in your available download data, and your available hard drive space.

You can "buy" a game during the offer window, but hold off on downloading it till a later date. This is handy, because you can choose to wait for your monthly data allowance to reset or give yourself time to upgrade your hard drive space, and then at a later time download the game and not have to miss out on picking it up for free.

Also Read: How to predict the next free Xbox Games With Gold content.

Are the games in Games With Gold any good?

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality of titles that appear in the Games With Gold service, with some of the biggest blockbusters from the world’s most loved developers regularly offered. What we tend to see is developers and publishers using Games With Gold to showcase a title that may have just had a sequel announced, or another game in the series nearing release. In this way, it becomes a promotional tool, but who's complaining when there's a free game to be had?

Each month Games With Gold does regularly include at least one smaller indie title as well, but don’t automatically dismiss these relatively cheap games as lacklustre affairs. They can actually be some of the best experiences you can have on an Xbox console.

What is Deals With Gold?

In addition to the monthly free games, Xbox Live Gold subscribers are offered reduced prices on other titles. Termed Deals With Gold, these can relate to big blockbusters, small indies, season passes and downloadable content, and are often significant, in the range of 60% or more off. Titles that are featured in Deals With Gold can often be found right next to their Games With Gold counterparts via the Xbox dashboard, but are only available for a limited time.

How to predict the next free Xbox Games With Gold content.

Full List of Games With Gold games

Xbox One Games With GoldDate Available
Halo: Spartan Assault6/3/2014
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood6/3/2014
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition7/2/2014
Crimson Dragon8/1/2014
Strike Suit Zero8/1/2014
Super Time Force9/1/2014
Chariot10/1/2014
Powerstar Golf11/1/2014
Worms Battlegrounds12/1/2014
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die1/1/2015
#IDARB (It Draws a Red Box)2/1/2015
Rayman Legends3/1/2015
Pool Nation FX4/1/2015
Child of Light4/1/2015
CastleStorm: Definitive Edition5/1/2015
Massive Chalice6/1/2015
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag7/1/2015
So Many Me7/16/2015
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes8/1/2015
How To Survive: Storm Warning Edition8/16/2015
The Deer God9/1/2015
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition9/16/2015
Valiant Hearts: The Great War10/1/2015
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season10/16/2015
Pneuma: Breath of Life11/1/2015
Knight Squad11/16/2015
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing12/1/2015
Thief12/16/2015
Killer Instinct Season 1 Ultra Edition1/1/2016
Zheros1/16/2016
Hand of Fate2/1/2016
Styx: Master of Shadows2/16/2016
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments3/1/2016
Lords of the Fallen3/16/2016
The Wolf Among Us4/1/2016
Sunset Overdrive4/16/2016
Xbox 360 Games With GoldDate Available
Fable III6/10/2013
Defense Grid: The Awakening7/1/2013
Assassin's Creed II7/16/2013
Crackdown8/1/2013
Dead Rising 28/16/2013
Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 20139/1/2013
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas9/16/2013
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes10/1/2013
Halo 310/16/2013
A World of Keflings11/1/2013
Iron Brigade11/16/2013
Gears of War12/1/2013
Shoot Many Robots12/16/2013
Sleeping Dogs1/1/2014
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light1/16/2014
Dead Island2/1/2014
Toy Soldiers: Cold War2/16/2014
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution3/1/2014
Dungeon Defenders3/16/2014
Hitman: Absolution4/1/2014
Deadlight4/16/2014
Dust: An Elysian Tail5/1/2014
Saints Row: The Third5/16/2014
Dark Souls6/1/2014
Charlie Murder6/16/2014
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition6/16/2014
Gotham City Impostors7/1/2014
BattleBlock Theater7/16/2014
Motocross Madness8/1/2014
Dishonored8/16/2014
Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine9/1/2014
Halo: Reach9/15/2014
Battlefield: Bad Company 210/1/2014
Darksiders II10/16/2014
Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise11/1/2014
Red Faction: Guerrilla11/16/2014
Splosion Man12/1/2014
SSX12/16/2014
MX vs. ATV Alive1/1/2015
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings1/16/2015
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons2/1/2015
Sniper Elite V22/16/2015
Tomb Raider3/1/2015
Bioshock Infinite3/16/2015
Gears of War: Judgment4/1/2015
Terraria4/1/2015
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag4/16/2015
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel4/16/2015
Mafia II5/1/2015
F1 20135/16/2015
Just Cause 26/1/2015
Thief6/16/2015
Plants vs. Zombies7/1/2015
Gears of War 37/16/2015
Metro 20338/1/2015
Metro: Last Light8/16/2015
Battlestations: Pacific9/1/2015
Crysis 39/16/2015
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes10/1/2015
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season10/16/2015
DiRT 311/1/2015
Dungeon Siege III11/16/2015
CastleStorm12/1/2015
Sacred 312/16/2015
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising12/16/2015
DiRT Showdown1/15/2016
Deus Ex: Human Revolution1/16/2016
Sacred Citadel2/1/2016
Gears of War 22/16/2016
Supreme Commander 23/1/2016
Borderlands3/16/2016
Dead Space4/1/2016
Saint's Row IV4/16/2016
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