Games with Gold launches on Xbox One

With Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault

Microsoft has launched Games with Gold on Xbox One.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now download Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (usually £11.99) and Halo: Spartan Assault (usually £7.99) from the Xbox Games Store for free.

The Xbox 360 version of Dark Souls is also currently free to download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers as part of the Games with Gold offering. It will be replaced by free Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter IV downloads from the 16th-30th of the month.

A single Gold membership provides owners with access to the free games for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, although the service will differ on the two consoles in one important way. On Xbox 360, users are still granted access to free game downloads even if their subscription lapses, but on Xbox One users are required to maintain their subscription in order to access freely downloaded games.

Games with Gold's launch on Microsoft's newer console coincides with the release of June's Xbox One system update today. The headline feature is the introduction of external storage support, while users can now share their real names with people on their friends list and select an account for automatic sign-in.

The update also unlocks free access to entertainment apps which were previously behind an Xbox Live Gold paywall. Microsoft will offer a refund to current subscribers who no longer wish to use the service in light of the changes.