Skip to main content

Microsoft will no longer offer Xbox 360 games via Games with Gold

Microsoft will discontinue Xbox 360 games from its Games with Gold service starting in October 2022. This news comes by way of an email from Microsoft, which was translated by Twitter user Wario64.

Following the removal of Xbox 360 games from Games with Gold, Microsoft will continue to add Xbox One titles for the foreseeable future. The email from Microsoft explains that the company has reached the limits of adding Xbox 360 games.

Starting in October, Xbox Games With Gold will no longer include Xbox 360 games (Microsoft has reached the limits to adding new X360 games to GWG). GWG will continue to offer Xbox One games.

Any claimed Xbox 360 GWG titles can be redownloaded regardless of membership pic.twitter.com/WHuuVniqBn

— Wario64 (@Wario64) July 5, 2022

Despite this news, Microsoft notes that any claimed Xbox 360 titles obtained through Games with Gold can still be redownloaded and, assuming the translation is correct, you don’t even need to have an active membership to continue playing these older games.

Games with Gold first began in 2013, offering a lineup of “free” games each month to Xbox Gold members, similar to PlayStation Plus. Games roll out around the beginning and middle of each month, giving players something to look forward to each month. After that, Microsoft added Xbox One titles to the mix, and eventually began including Xbox Series X games as well.

Since Xbox systems feature backward compatibility, it’s easy for players to enjoy the titles included via Games with Gold on Microsoft’s consoles, without having to bust out an older machine. You’ll also still be able to purchase Xbox 360 games through the marketplace after this change takes place, even on newer devices, thanks to backward compatibility.

The Xbox 360 launched in 2005 and Microsoft supported it until 2016. With that in mind, it’s not surprising the company will be ditching Xbox 360 titles from the Games with Gold lineup later this year.

Joseph Yaden
Joseph Yaden is a freelance journalist who covers Nintendo, shooters, and horror games. He mostly covers game guides for…
July’s Xbox Game Pass lineup is the best the service has offered in months
Key art for Neon White

Microsoft unveiled the batch of eight games that will come to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service over the course of the first half of July. It's a solid lineup featuring quite a few amazing indie games. In particular, Neon White is a standout because it's one of my favorite indie games of the 2020s, and it's finally coming to Xbox while launching straight into Microsoft's subscription service.

Neon White initially launched on other platforms in 2022 and was developed by Angel Matrix, a studio founded by Donut County's Ben Esposito. It's a first-person shooter but doesn't play like Doom or Call of Duty. Instead, players must play cards in order to use their weapons, which double as both attacks and platforming assists. That means Neon White ends up being more like a speedrunning-focused puzzle platformer rather than a traditional first-person shooter.

Read more
Xbox Game Pass’ new horror game is like a playable John Carpenter movie
A flesh monster appears in Still Wakes the Deep.

As someone who loves both gaming and cinema, I'm always excited when those two worlds connect. Sometimes that's with great film adaptations of games or vice versa, but I'm even more interested when I can feel the influence of cinema history in a game's DNA. Something like Until Dawn, for instance, calls back to the golden age of gory slasher flicks with memorable results. It's rewarding for me as a fan of both mediums, letting me draw direct connections between them.

I recently got that experience thanks to Still Wakes the Deep, a new horror game from developer The Chinese Room now available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC (it's also available on Xbox Game Pass right now). While it's a totally original title, it feels like a playable John Carpenter film. Think The Thing on an oil rig, but significantly more Scottish. While it doesn't fully live up to that pitch, its short runtime and immaculately gory vibes make it worth checking out.

Read more
3 new Xbox Game Pass games to play this weekend (June 28-30)
A soccer player in EA Sports FC 24.

This June has been quite a busy one for Xbox as it unveiled a variety of exciting new titles at the Xbox Games Showcase earlier this month. Comparatively, this month's Xbox Game Pass additions were quieter than some other months, but several worthwhile games still came to Microsoft's gaming subscription service this June. Three in particular stand out to me.

One is a fantastic throwback RPG that's in the HD-2D style that Square Enix is using for the Dragon Quest III remake. After that, I'm recommending an indie platformer centered around digging that's one of the best games in the wider SteamWorld franchise. Finally, for the sports fans out there, EA Sports' latest soccer game just got added to Xbox Game Pass in the middle of UEFA Euro 2024.
Octopath Traveler 2

Read more