Back at E3, Microsoft revealed the ‘Games with Gold’ campaign, granting Xbox Live Gold subscribers two free games a month to keep from then until what was then the Xbox One launch period in November. Well the company has now announced that it will be making the scheme an “ongoing benefit for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360”.
Writing on Xbox Wire, Microsoft says that more than 120 million hours of playtime have been logged on the Games with Gold titles since the program started (although how they know who was playing the Gold version versus the original release I have no idea), and that their surveys indicate a 97% approval rating for the scheme. It’s free games, what were they expecting exactly?
While there’s no word on a new end date to the offer (the company only says the extension is part of their “ongoing commitment to providing great value on Xbox 360), and it doesn’t seem like Xbox One buyers will be benefitting just yet, the move can only be a good one for the company in the face of the continuing popularity of PlayStation Plus.
Oh, and as an amusing side-note, for all the criticism Microsoft got for including 2006’s Rainbow Six Vegas as part of Games for Gold, Sony Japan have actually just added it to PlayStation Plus in the region. Funny how things work out.
Source: Xbox Wire