At E3 2013 Microsoft announced that they would be offering two free games per month for Xbox 360 owners who subscribed to Xbox Live. This was done to combat Sony’s PS+ service, which offers users free games each month. Xbox Live fans have become critical of the service due to PS+ subscribers getting so much.
Has Games With Gold managed to satiate fans? Not really. Users are still critical of the game selection, which frequently features very old Xbox 360 games. The most recent release for the service was Sleeping Dogs, a game that came out in 2012. PS+ has enjoyed more recent releases like BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider 2013.
Speaking at a South by South West Q&A session this past weekend Spencer revealed that he and his team are working on a solution. “I have been sitting down, monthly now, with [the Games Gone Gold team]… and playing a more active role in picking franchises that show up in Games with Gold, and I think you’ll see at least something that feels, at least, more true to what I think Games with Gold should look like with the constraints that are there,” Spencer said.
As you can imagine, PS+ was brought up. Spencer was forced to address the differences between Games with Gold and PS+.
“One of our… differences between the other system we get compared to, is the fact that with Games with Gold, you get to keep that game, regardless of whether you continue to subscribe. I think there’s some steps and some evolution of what Games with Gold or any of the other systems will go through to their full potential.”
Games with Gold is currently available on Xbox 360 and will come to Xbox One sometime in the near future.