What you need to know
- Xbox Live Gold gives subscribers four free games every month, ranging from OG Xbox titles to Xbox One games.
- The games being offered in the month of January have been unveiled, including titles like Little Nightmares and Dead Rising.
- There are two Xbox One, one Xbox 360, and one Xbox game worth a combined $79.96 and 3,000 Xbox Gamerscore.
- Xbox Games with Gold has been criticized for a lessening quality in titles, accredited to the rise of Xbox Game Pass.
As we near the end of December (and 2020 in general), Microsoft has revealed the upcoming Xbox Games with Gold for January, four games that will be offered for free to Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. All four games will be compatible with the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One family of consoles, and will start to be available for subscribers to redeem in January. The games are worth a combined $79.96 in value and 3,000 in Gamerscore.
The four games that are on offer with January's Xbox Games with Gold include Little Nightmares, Dead Rising, The King of Fighters XIII, and Breakdown. Little Nightmares will become available starting January 1, 2020 and until January 31, while the King of Fighters XIII will be available from January 1 to January 15. Dead Rising will become available starting January 16 and until February 15, while Breakdown will only be available from January 16 to January 31.
Any Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to claim these games and add them to their library.
The best way to get Xbox Live Gold is absolutely through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For just a little bit more than a base Xbox Live Gold subscription, you gain access to hundreds of games through Xbox Game Pass, Xbox gaming on your phone through Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud), exclusive in-game perks and offers, and you still get to claim you four free games every single month.
With the amount of money you save on games by subscribing to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you'll have enough to invest in one of the Best Headsets for Xbox Series X|S to level-up your audio experience and become more immersed in your games.
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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.