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6:55 AM on 08.21.2014

Microsoft seems to be testing the waters for a 24 hour free trial system

Hm, could we have another Xbox Live feature out in the wild? One attentive reddit user happened to find a peculiar listing for Max: The Curse of Brotherhood on the Xbox One beta program noting something called "Free Play...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 08.15.2014

The guy responsible for Xbox 360 banner ads says he's sorry

When I think of the dashboard on Xbox platforms, I think "ads, everywhere" -- but it wasn't always this way. In a blog post on Gamasutra, software developer Allen Murray writes about how he was "one of the people -- if not TH...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 08.05.2014

There's a huge Capcom sale on Xbox Live

More than 20 Capcom games are 50 to 75 percent off in this week's Xbox Live sale and, better yet, you don't even need to be a Gold subscriber to take advantage of the deals. Here are the sale prices: Asura's Wrath - $9.99 Bi...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Just FYI: EA Access doesn't require Xbox Live Gold

I had assumed EA Access would require an active Xbox Live Gold membership to use given the way these things usually go but it turns out that's not the case. When the subscription service launches later this summer, it'll just...

Jordan Devore



PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games! photo
PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games!
by Brett Makedonski

As you flip the calendar from July's impossibly cute picture of a puppy to August's impossibly cute picture of a puppy, you should be reminded that there's a new stable of free games to download on Xbox One and Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members. Maybe you should just start writing "Games with Gold" on the calendar for the first of every month so you don't have to rely on the Internet people.

The offerings right now are Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero on Xbox One, and Motocross Madness on Xbox 360. The Xbox One titles are both available through the end of the month, but Motocross Madness is only free through August 15. That's when Dishonored -- the real highlight of August -- takes over until September rolls around.

Xbox Live Games with Gold for August 2014 [Major Nelson]

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6:30 PM on 07.29.2014

Ride hard and crash harder in the new Trials Fusion DLC

RedLynx's Trials Fusion gets an injection of Borderlands flavor today, as the game's first add-on takes players to the outskirts of society where rogues reside in the wastelands. Titled Riders of the Rustlands, the...

Brett Makedonski







August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more photo
August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more
by Jordan Devore

Microsoft has come out with its August lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members and the highlight here is unquestionably Arkane Studios' stealth title Dishonored. You'll want to clear hard drive space for it in a couple weeks. But, that's not the only one worth trying.

The first Games with Gold selections -- Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero on Xbox One, and Motorcross Madness on Xbox 360 -- will be free beginning this Friday, August 1. Then, it's Dishonored's turn from August 16 - 31. We'll have a reminder post when the time comes.

One of the recurring complaints for Games with Gold has been its insistence on featuring stuff that many of us own and have owned for years. With Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero next month, at least we're getting something I imagine not a ton of folks have played yet.

August Games with Gold [Xbox]

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3:30 PM on 07.18.2014

Xbox One's August update adds mobile purchases, 3D Blu-ray support

Once the next Xbox One system updates goes live for all console owners in August, you'll be able to buy, download, and install games and DLC while away from home using Xbox.com or Xbox SmartGlass. With file sizes as large as...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Xbox sale: Zoo Tycoon, Titanfall & a bunch of 360 games

The following will be available tomorrow only, very helpfully without prices. Thanks. At least you can click links to check the pricing here.  

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 06.26.2014

Guacamelee!, BattleBlock Theater among next free Games with Gold

Now we're talking. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is going to be a nice freebie for Xbox One owners. That's coming up next month as a part of Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion, though last month's selection,...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 06.24.2014

Xbox Live sale: Vanquish, Fable, LEGO, and more

This week, you can nab Vanquish for $7.99, Anarchy Reigns for $4.99, LEGO The Lord of the Rings for $6.99, and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes for $14.99, among other Sega and LEGO deals. These are open to all Xbox 360 players, rega...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 06.16.2014

Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter: AE are free on Xbox Games with Gold

In addition to Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault, Microsoft's Games with Gold is getting two more additions this month on the 360 -- Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Charlie Murder. S...

Chris Carter



Xbox One's free Games with Gold are now available to download photo
Xbox One's free Games with Gold are now available to download
by Brett Makedonski

We've known for a little while now that Xbox One was finally going to be included in Microsoft's continuing Games with Gold program beginning in the month of June. We just didn't know when in June that was going to take effect. Apparently, the answer is June 3.

Right now, both Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault are free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. They can be downloaded via the console or on Xbox.com. Remember though: Regular Games with Gold rules don't apply to Xbox One titles. You have to maintain an active Gold subscription to be able to keep them.

Halo: Spartan Assault [Xbox]
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood [Xbox]

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Friendly reminder: Dark Souls is free on Games with Gold first of June photo
Friendly reminder: Dark Souls is free on Games with Gold first of June
by Brett Makedonski

It's about that time of month when Microsoft clears its throat and lets everyone know what the upcoming titles in the Games with Gold program are going to be. But, it's already done that earlier in May, and Jordan already told you about it. But, that feels like a million years ago, and chances are you got lost gazing into Jordan's dreamy avatar, so here's a quick reminder.

On June 1, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download Dark Souls for free. June 16 ends the Souls opportunity, and sees Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition take over. Sometime this month, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault will be free on Xbox One, but those dates aren't known yet.

Now go back to staring at Jordan.

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8:00 AM on 05.21.2014

External storage and real names for friends confirmed for next Xbox One update

Xbox One owners rejoice! There are a number of changes coming with the next system update in June, including external storage support (which nearly everyone has been clamoring for) as well as real names with which you can ide...

Brittany Vincent

12:30 PM on 05.14.2014

Microsoft gives three month window for Xbox Live Gold refunds

Microsoft made substantial changes to the Xbox Live Gold subscription program yesterday. Because it's altered a service that people paid for in advance, Microsoft's giving customers an out in the event that they're unhappy wi...

Brett Makedonski