Xbox One Games with Gold service may differ from 360

Phil Spencer says Microsoft is listening to consumer feedback

Xbox One Games with Gold "might not look exactly the way things have looked in the past," according to Phil Spencer.


The service selects two Xbox 360 games for Xbox Live Gold members to download free every month. Spencer, who was promoted on Monday to head of Xbox, told IGN that Microsoft is considering feedback to the program while it works on the Xbox One version.

"The Games With Gold program on Xbox 360 has been successful for us," Spencer said. "It's been part of the value people see in [Xbox Live] Gold, something we recognize that isn't on Xbox One that isn't there today. We haven't announced a plan, but people should understand that we understand the expectation that people have around what the value on Xbox One Gold should be. It might not look exactly the way things have looked in the past, but the recognition that that form of content and that perk for being a Gold subscriber is important to people, something we definitely hear."

Spencer avoided a direct comparison to Sony's PlayStation Plus program, which provides a rotating selection of free games that are playable as long as users remain subscribed. But he said the company is working "to make sure we're trying to match what customers want."

Hitman Absolution and Deadlight will be available free in April through the Games with Gold program.