Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold subscription program offers its members a range of free Xbox games each month. Those games are for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, and Xbox Gold also provides unique discounts and provides access to multiplayer mayhem.
At the moment, the official Microsoft website will offer you a $9.99 1-month subscription, a $24.99 3-month membership, or a $59.99 12-month membership. Membership can also be obtained from Amazon, where the rates are often a little lower.
Whether you have an Xbox One or Xbox 360, the Xbox gold program is great, because who doesn’t love free games. Xbox Live Gold also offers extra perks, like discounts on a few digital titles. Up next we’re going to tell you about Xbox gold perks.
Overview of the Gold Subscription
Xbox Live Gold is an online gaming subscription service offered by Microsoft for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. If you want to play with other players online, you’re going to need Xbox Live Gold to do it.
Microsoft has added several new functionalities to the service as well. Xbox Live Gold members get a few free games every month, and on some digital games, they get access to members-only sales.
You Need XBOX Live Gold for Multiplayer Gaming
You’ll need Xbox Live Gold if you want to play multiplayer games online on your Xbox One or Xbox 360. Your membership also provides access to the Party and voice chat program.
This service is not mandatory to play single-player games and is not needed when playing offline multiplayer games. For instance, you don’t have to pay for playing a split-screen match on the same console with two people in the same place.
How to Get Games with Gold
You Need to Subscribe through Microsoft + Redeem the Free Games
Microsoft provides several free games each month through its “Games With Gold” program. Although these games are available for two weeks to a month for free, you can choose to “redeem” them via the website or on your Xbox console. Then you can download the game and keep it free.
If, during their free period, you don’t redeem the game, you don’t get it for free. That means when you subscribe, you won’t get any of the previous “Games With Gold” for free.
People who have been members for a long time, if they are vigilant, can have libraries full of hundreds of games they have got for free.
Download It and Play Anytime You Want– It’s Yours Forever
If you’ve redeemed a free game on an Xbox One, you can download it and play it anytime you want, forever — as long as you have an active subscription. If your subscription runs out you will no longer be able to play the game. If you restart your subscription, all of the games you’ve previously redeemed will be accessed back.
On an Xbox 360, once a free game has been redeemed, it is yours to play forever — even if your subscription runs out.
How to get a Free Trial
Microsoft also provides free trials of Xbox Live Gold with new consoles and some games. You may see a “Try Gold For Free” offer on your console for some free Xbox Live Gold time, or you may have obtained a prepaid code bundled with a game or console you can redeem for a trial.
However, if your console doesn’t offer you one, and you don’t have a prepaid code, there’s no simple way to get a trial. Then you would need to register for the paid subscription.
Games with Gold was first revealed at E3 2013 and provides free Xbox 360 games for users with Xbox Live Gold memberships. Since it’s reveal, hundreds of thousands of people have created their digital game libraries. If you’re an avid gamer, this might be a chance for you to create one too.