Every week, the Xbox One’s massive game catalog gets stuffed with even more new things to play. Free Xbox games and Xbox Live Gold offer free titles to those that want to game on a budget and skip paying for all those new titles.
Free Xbox games and Games with Gold allow you to make your gaming dollars stretch. A copy of Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Watch Dogs 2 or Mass Effect Andromeda can cost you $59.99. Purchasing a game with a season pass to collect its online content when it arrives pushes prices even higher. You’ll spend even more money on add-on content.
The best free Xbox games don’t have a cost for reasons that you may find familiar. iPhones and Android devices allow you to enjoy their content with just a download. At a certain point, they offer you items that you can purchase to improve your gaming experience.
The free Xbox games in the Xbox Store are the same. You can download them at no charge and play them for as long as you want. Expect in-game items for purchase. You can play Star Trek Online for as long as you want without paying anything, for example. The game does urge you to spend money on starships and character upgrades that can cost as much as $39.99.
Free Xbox Games with Gold
Besides the free Xbox games that have economies, there’s Xbox Live Games with Gold. Every month Xbox Live Games with Gold let users download what they think are free Xbox games. These games aren’t free at all. Microsoft is paying for access to them on the gamer’s behalf.
Xbox Games with Gold is a perk of having an Xbox Live Gold membership for multiplayer. Microsoft switches out these free Xbox games for new titles every month. In addition to paying for Xbox Live Gold to get access to them, gamers have to maintain their Xbox Live Gold subscription to keep playing them. If they don’t, these free Xbox games stop working, which is why they aren’t free at all.
Here are the best free Xbox games available now. To access some of them you’ll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription. They’ll work on both the Xbox One and Xbox One S. Microsoft has said that existing Xbox One games will work on the upcoming Xbox Scorpio console too.
Best Free Xbox Games
- World of Tanks
- Fallout Shelter
- Star Trek Online
- Games with Gold: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
- Games with Gold: The Walking Dead Season 2