How to Download Xbox 360 Games With Gold Before They Disappear

If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, your subscription will soon drop in value. Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 games will soon no longer be included in the Games with Gold program.

Let’s look over the details of this announcement to learn how it affects you, then we’ll see how to claim the final Xbox 360 titles on offer.


Xbox 360 Games Leaving Games With Gold

In case you’re not familiar, Games with Gold is part of the paid Xbox Live Gold membership. This grants you downloadable games each month at no additional charge.

For the past several years, these have been two “free” Xbox One titles, plus two Xbox 360 games (occasionally, an original Xbox game will substitute for a 360 title). All Games with Gold Xbox 360 titles since late 2015 have been backward-compatible with Xbox One and Series X|S.

However, starting October 1, 2022, Microsoft will no longer provide Xbox 360 games with this program. In an email to subscribers, the company stated the following:

We have reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog; however, Games with Gold will continue to include exciting Xbox One titles and exclusive savings each month.

While the exact details are unknown, it seems that Microsoft has either run into licensing issues with Xbox 360 titles, or that not enough games are backward-compatible with Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

The good news is that any Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles you’ve claimed in the past (or in these last few months) are yours to keep forever, even if your subscription lapses. Meanwhile, Xbox One and Series X|S titles are no longer available if you cancel your Xbox Live subscription.

How to Claim Xbox 360 Games with Gold Titles

You should claim the final few months’ worth of Xbox 360 Games with Gold if you’re an Xbox Live subscriber. Don’t forget that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Live Gold, so if you have that service, you’re eligible for these titles too.

Note that the Xbox 360 titles are staggered each month. One is available from the 1st through the 15th; the second is available from the 16th of the current month until the 15th of the next month.

You can claim Games with Gold using your Xbox console or a browser. To grab them in a browser, follow these steps:

  1. Head to the Xbox Games with Gold page. Sign in with your Microsoft account using the link at the top-right, if you aren’t logged in already.
  2. Scroll down to the Now Available section on this page, and you’ll see links to each available title.

  3. Click each game to open the Microsoft Store page for it. There, click the Get button on the listing page.
  4. Confirm that you want to add the game to your library. You can install it to your system using the same button that now says InstallTo.

On your Xbox console, here’s how to claim Games With Gold Xbox 360 titles:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the quick menu, then launch the Microsoft Store.
  2. Select Subscriptions from the main menu, followed by Xbox Live Gold.
  3. Scroll down to the Games with Gold heading.
  4. Select each item to open its Store page, then click Get to add it to your library.

Once you acquire the games using either method, you’ll find them under My games & apps. Since you keep 360 titles for good, they appear in Full Library under All owned games. Tea Games with Gold section only includes Xbox One and Series X|S titles.

Fewer Games With Gold

While it’s reasonable for Microsoft to stop providing free games for a system that’s over 15 years old, it does make Xbox Live gold less attractive of a package. In the coming months, we’ll learn whether Microsoft plans to replace those two monthly titles with newer Xbox games, or if subscribers will be limited to two titles.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the console divide, Sony stopped providing PS3 and PS Vita titles in 2019, though that’s different since the PS4 isn’t backward-compatible with PS3 games.

Thankfully, many Xbox 360 games are playable on modern Xbox consoles, so these classics are still accessible. You can enjoy lots of them with an Xbox Game Pass subscription; that’s just one of the many reasons this service is a must-have for Xbox gamers.

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