What you need to know
- Every month Microsoft gives Xbox Live Gold members four free games.
- In August, you can download titles like Red Faction II.
- You'll need an active Xbox Live Gold subscription to access the titles.
- You can purchase an Xbox Live Gold subscription through the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).
Today, Microsoft announced August 2020's free Games with Gold for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. Starting on August 1, Portal Knights and MX Unleashed will be free with the subscription. Then, on August 16, Red Faction II and Override: Mech City Brawl can be downloaded at no cost. You need an active Xbox Live membership to play the Xbox One games, but the Xbox 360 or original Xbox titles are yours to keep after you redeem them once. It doesn't matter if you're still an Xbox Live Gold subscriber.
Out of all of these, Red Faction II stands out the most. It's a great experience even after all these years. Be sure to get it for free when it's available Xbox Live Gold.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundles Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold into one package. The monthly subscription fee goes up to $15 a month, but you gain access to over two hundred games instantaneously.
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Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over 200 games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends.
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I think Gold is going to go away by the launch of the the Series X... mainly because they are running out of games to give away for the 360 generation!
I hope it does to be honest. I always claim these Games with Gold titles but I feel like the selection has been lackluster lately, and I just don't play them. I'd rather just keep my Game Pass sub and have free multiplayer.
Sometimes they give it again. Maybe in the next generation we are getting only Xbox One titles
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