Xbox One 'Games With Gold' will require ongoing subscription to access free games

Microsoft remodels initiative in-line with Sony policy

The relaunched Xbox Games With Gold will require users to maintain their subscription on Xbox One in order to retain access to freely downloaded games.

Microsoft's announcement yesterday confirmed that Xbox Games With Gold will launch on Xbox One in June, along with news that a Gold subscription is no longer needed to access entertainment apps.


On Xbox 360, free games downloaded with the Gold service grants users access to those games indefinitely - even if their subscription lapses.

On the Xbox One this will not be the case. Mirroring Sony's PlayStation Plus service, if a Gold subscription is allowed to lapse access to those freely downloaded games will be removed.

"On Xbox One, active Gold membership required to play free games you've downloaded," the fine print states.

Games with Gold will launch on Xbox One with Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault.

The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June will be Dark Souls, Charlie Murder and a bonus third game, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.

The launch of Games with Gold on Microsoft's new console coincides with a new Kinect-free Xbox One SKU. The Kinect-free Xbox One will cost $499 in Australia, $399 in North America and £349 in the UK.