Gold Xbox 360 support is ending this October
Xbox Games with Gold is about to improve dramatically. Depending on how much you enjoy Xbox 360 games, it might be much worse. Older Xbox games are backward compatible with the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles. Because of this, subscribers to Xbox Live Gold have had access to download Xbox 360 titles every month as part of the Games with Gold selection. However, that is about to alter. An authentic Microsoft email(opens in a new tab) that confirms Games with Gold’s Xbox 360 support is ending this October was provided by a user on the r/Games subreddit.
According to the email, beginning on October 1, Xbox Live Gold subscribers (or those who receive its advantages as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription tier) would no longer be able to access Xbox 360 titles through the monthly service. The company has “hit the limit of our capabilities to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog,” thus the explanation.
But there is some good news as well. Microsoft reaffirmed the continuation of Games with Gold in the same email. Even if there are more Xbox One games to make up for the 360’s absences. Additionally, any Xbox 360 titles that you have downloaded through Games with Gold will still be available to you as of October 1. You can keep them forever if you’ve downloaded them even once. Games with Gold on Xbox have always been a contentious offering. Many people believe that the monthly offerings drastically fall short of the enormous and constantly expanding library provided by Xbox Game Pass. Not to mention the ones provided by subscription services that compete with PS Plus and Nintendo Switch Online.
The claim made by Microsoft that there are no more Xbox 360 games available is also accurate. Through backward compatibility, the tech giant introduced more than 70 games last year. The corporation was sure that this was the extent of their efforts even back then. I believe it is advisable to remove Xbox 360 games from Games with Gold. Although several excellent 360 games have been added to the service, their existence does unintentionally cause it to feel a little stale. Games with Gold should at least somewhat update by replacing older games with more recent Xbox One releases.
In the end, Games with Gold continues to stand out among Xbox’s several subscription tiers. The same result is achieved by Xbox Game Pass, which regularly offers downloaded games, many of which are brand-new titles. In comparison, Games with Gold seems like a bygone era. So much so that at some point in the future, I wouldn’t be surprised if the service is completely assimilated into the Xbox Game Pass ecosystem.