This past summer at E3 2013, when the Xbox One was announced, Microsoft revealed that Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers would receive two free downloadable Xbox 360 games each month until the new console launches on November 22. However, early yesterday morning on Xbox Wire the company announced plans to extend Games with Gold beyond the Xbox One release date and did not allude to when the promotion would end. This would leave many to believe Xbox LIVE Gold accounts will continue to add two more games to their libraries each month indefinitely. To date, the games offered have all been somewhat dated titles including "Rainbow Six: Vegas," "Assassin's Creed II," and (the current downloadable title) "Halo 3." Despite this, Microsoft claims reception has been "overwhelming" and gamers have collectively enjoyed over 120 million hours of play time on said games.
"[…] 97 percent of participating members have given their stamps of approval for Games with Gold, and we're excited to continue bringing you great games every month as part of our ongoing commitment to providing great value on Xbox 360" (Xbox Wire).
Sony, Microsoft's primary gaming competitor, has already been sharing codes with PlayStation Plus members which may be redeemed for free games on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It would not be strange for Microsoft to try and keep Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers using the service for as long as possible, therefore continuing to spend money on downloadable content, etc. Even with the upcoming release of the company's next-generation console, Microsoft is not yet prepared to turn its back on the Xbox 360 as remains fairly valuable in terms of growth and profit. Xbox Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Yusuf Mehdi spoke at the Citi Global Technology Conference last month claiming the Xbox 360 will continue to receive support over the next three years with approximately 100 more games to be released over that time. The Xbox One will supposedly be sold at a profit from the day it becomes available, listed with a $500 price tag.
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