Microsoft will discontinue games Xbox 360 of its Games with Gold service starting in October 2022. This news comes via an email from Microsoft, which was translated by the user from Twitter 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 it’s still re-downloadable, 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 started in 2013, offering a lineup of “free” games each month to Xbox Gold members, similar to playstation plus. The games are released 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, eventually starting to include Xbox Series X games as well.
Since Xbox systems are backwards compatible, it’s easy for gamers to enjoy titles included through Games with Gold on Microsoft consoles, without having to break out an older machine. You’ll also be able to buy Xbox 360 games through the marketplace after this change takes place, even on newer devices, thanks to backwards compatibility.
The Xbox 360 launched in 2005 and was supported by Microsoft until 2016. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that the company is dropping Xbox 360 titles from the Games with Gold line later this year.