Games with Gold has officially launched on the Xbox One today, making two titles available for Xbox Live Gold members to download at no cost. The games included are the puzzle platformer Max: The Curse of Brotherhood by Press Play and the top down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault that was first made available for Windows Phones. Both titles can be downloaded immediately from the dashboard.
The Xbox 360 games titles available this month are the incredibly difficult action RPG Dark Souls and the side-scrolling beat ‘em up Charlie Murder. As a special deal to celebrate the years anniversary of the program Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will also be made a free title this month. Dark Souls is available to download now, and the other two games will have their price removed on 16 June.
The Games with Gold program began in June of last year as a way to reward players who had upgraded to Xbox Live Gold rather than simply using a free account. It was largely seen as a way to add more value to the membership and to combat the PlayStation Network Plus subscription, which also offered a number of games for free each month.
The program was initially only going to be available for a short amount of time, but due to its success and player feedback it was expanded to be a permanent feature. Microsoft announced back in November that the program would launch on the Xbox One at some point this year and continue on the Xbox 360.
The first game to be made available for free was Fable 3. It has since seen classics such as Gears of War and Halo 3 listed as well as Arcade games such as Dust: An Elysian Tail and Deadlight.
As part of the Games with Gold program a number of games are also reduced. This month’s Xbox One games are Call of Duty: Ghosts, Crimson Dragon and NBA 2K14 while the Xbox 360 has reduced prices for Saints Row 4 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.