Updated for September 2021
Games with Gold is Microsoft’s attempt to counter Sony’s PlayStation Plus program, which gives members free games every month. With the program, Xbox Live Gold members are eligible to receive multiple free games from the Xbox Store each month. Due to reader interest, we will be cataloging and archiving the Games with Gold program here.
How to get free games
Xbox Live Gold members must sign in to their consoles or Xbox Marketplace and “purchase” each free game at some point during its promotional period. Games with Gold is available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Typically four games are released each month for about two weeks, two for each console. Two games are available in the first half of each month, and two more games in the second half. Note, however, that Microsoft occasionally changes this release schedule by, for example, releasing a single Xbox One game for an entire month, or releasing more than two games per month for each platform.
You don’t need to actually To download a game during its period of availability to obtain it, but you must at a minimum complete the free “purchase” online or through your console in order to qualify. After a game’s promotional period expires, it will cease to be free and revert to its previous price, but if you “bought” the game for free before that, it will be yours indefinitely.
Games with Gold List to date
Below is a table listing all games with Gold titles to date. Each title links directly to the Xbox.com Marketplace, where Xbox Live members can log in and “buy” games during their free period without having to log into their consoles.
“GWG Release” is the first day the game is free with the Games with Gold promotion, “Orig. Release” is the date the game was first released on Xbox, and “Reg.” Price “is the date the game was first released on Xbox. the current price of a game in the Xbox Store before the free promotion (not the original retail price of the game).
Available from 08/16/2021 to 09/15/2021, Yooka-Laylee is an open world platform game that takes users on an adventure to win against corporate villain Capital B. With memorable characters, collectibles and beautiful scenery, this is a great game for the whole family.
An Xbox One exclusive, Warhammer: Chaosbone is available for Gold members from 09/01/2021 to 09/30/2021. In a world of war, magic and rival races, the user has the option of choosing from four different races and playing with up to four players in local and online co-op.
Enders Zone HD Collection
Available from 09/01/2021 to 09/15/2021, Enders area is a game based on robot battles that offers to fight enemies solo or in squads. If you remember this game from when the Xbox 360 was Microsoft’s primary gaming console, then you’ll be happy to know it’s back with HD graphics. Now you can enjoy all your favorite robot battles with even sharper resolution.
Stay up to date on current Xbox Gold games
Each game has a separate uptime. It’s best to stay up to date through Xbox to see what games are available. The list of games is updated every month and some are available for thirty days while others are only available every fortnight.
What games do you play with Xbox Gold? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.