Microsoft: Games With Gold Fundamentally Different From Other Programs

Speaking at SXSW this weekend, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer said that Xbox’s Games with Gold program (it's free monthly game giveaway for Xbox 360 – and eventually Xbox One) is "fundamentally different" than "other programs" (we assume he is referring the PlayStation Plus for PS3 and PS4) because it allows members to keep the games regardless of whether they continue to pay for a subscription or not.

PlayStation Plus program gives subscribers access to a collection of free games, but locks them out if their subscription expires. Microsoft's program allows Xbox Live Gold subscribers to download free games but does not take them away if a user decides to downgrade to a free Sliver membership. Spencer says that this has an impact on what games it can be include in Games with Gold.

Spencer went on to say that he is "playing a more active role in picking franchises that show up in Games with Gold, and I think you'll see something that feels at least more true to what I think Games with Gold should look like with the constraints that are there."

For March, Games with Gold’s free games are Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders. In February the company gave away Dead Island and Toy Soldiers: Cold War.

Source: Polygon

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    hellfire7885 says:

    I think a better way to put it is that without PS+ you can still play online with your PS3, without XBL gold, well, better invest in a lot of single player games.

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    KaylaKaze says:

    Without PS Plus, you can still use your PS3. Without Xbox Gold, your 360 is little more than a paperweight (or at least that was the case before my 360 RRODed and became an actual paperweight).

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    MechaCrash says:

    The good news is that you get to keep the games if you ever cancel your Gold subscription. The bad news is that they're mostly old games nobody gives a crap about anyway. Yay, I guess.

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    GrimCW says:

    In other words, its a cheap offload of long dead or dying titles, but with known names, so they can try to attract people in. But won't get locked by losing/downgrading from gold simply because they're too lazy to actually figure out how to work it in, and no reason too since these titles are effectively worthless to them by this point anyway…


    oh and spencer said "what games it can be include"?

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