Xbox One Gets Games with Gold, Price Drop
Paywall Removal for Entertainment Apps and Discounts for Gold Members
by GamerFitnation on May 17, 2014 at 09:30 AM EDT
By Damiaen Florian

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Microsoft is bringing the Games with Gold promotion to Xbox One starting this June, selling a cheaper Kinect-less Xbox One, removing the paywall on entertainment apps and offering large discounts on games.

Xbox One Gets Games with Gold

The first Xbox One games in the Games with Gold program are Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault, said Phil Spencer, the new head of Xbox.

Cheaper Kinect-less Xbox One Available in June

Microsoft will also begin selling their Xbox One console without Kinect for $399, a $100 price drop from the original model. They plan to sell a standalone Kinect model in the fall.

Bigger Discounts on Games for Gold Subscribers

Microsoft plans to offer large discounts on their games, reaching 50-75 percent off of certain games. The first titles that will be offered in June are Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and a “few other surprises” that they have yet to reveal.

Paywall Removal for Many Apps

Finally, any Xbox users will have access to tons of entertainment apps without needing an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The now-free apps range from gaming apps such as Machinima, Twitch and Upload, to video applications like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, as well as sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more.

Xbox 360 Gets an Extra Free Game in June

The free games Xbox 360 Games with Gold games for June will be Dark Souls, Charlie Murder  and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Three free games will be available instead of the usual two, “to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 and as a thank you for helping shape this program,” said Spencer.

Originally exclusive to the Xbox 360, Games with Gold offers free games for downloads each month for Gold members.

Spencer also posted an infographic to illustrate the changes coming to Xbox next month:


Microsoft provided this infographic to illustrate what’s changing for Xbox in June.

Edited by: Samuel J. Paul

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