Games With Gold Improvements Are in Motion
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
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It looks like Microsoft's Games With Gold program will be going through some changes in the near future if corporate vice president Phil Spencer has anything to do about it.
Right now, Games With Gold has been offering Xbox Live Gold members two free games a month, while Sony's PlayStation Plus program gives away one to two freebies a week. There has been some disappointment with Games With Gold among the Xbox community that the games being offered are old. For comparisons sake, the "newest" game Gold members received was 2012's Sleeping Dogs, while Plus members have gotten BioShock Infinite, Remember Me and Tomb Raider, all released in 2013.
Spencer commented on one of the major differences between both programs:
"One of our issues with Games with Gold — not 'issues,' but 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," Spencer said. "And the business around Games with Gold, for us, is just fundamentally different from some of the other programs that are out there, which does put a different financial picture on a — you're gonna go buy a game that's brand new, the cost of putting that in, just to be kind of blunt about it."
The vice president has been working closely with the team that handles the Games With Gold program, playing a more "active role" in picking the games that are being offered. Spencer went on to say that "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."
This is good news for Xbox Live Gold members. While we love receiving our two free games each month, it's obvious that Games With Gold is lacking when compared to PlayStation Plus. How are you feeling about the program? Have you been you satisfied with the games being offered so far? What games would you like to see, or what changes would you like Microsoft to make?