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Xbox giving free games for a day?

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Oh we all love to rag on Games with Gold, don’t we? It’s endlessly compared to PS Plus and people enjoy calling Xbox out on having a lame program. But now they might be offering a free day to play games. Maybe.

Picked up on Reddit (thanks VideoGamer) there’s this screenshot showing “Free Play Day with Gold”.

Play day with gold

While this offer doesn’t seem to be universally available just yet, twitter seems to indicate that this is a plan:

This could be a really nice feature for Gold members. With demos rapidly becoming a thing of the past, a free play day would be an excellent way to see if a game is actually worth your money. I’m sure that they will be rather choosy with which games get this program, probably going for longer games rather than those that can be finished during the free play day. That said, it’s an excellent mechanism – if I know that I can play a game for free for a day, I can give myself time to play it and decide if it’s something I’d want for more than just that one day.

If this becomes a normal addition to the existing Games with Gold program, Xbox might give PlayStation a real run for their money. Gamers are already hesitant when it comes to forking out cash for monthly subscriptions – we want to feel like it’s worth the money. I have a ton of awesome games thanks to PlayStation Plus, and even a few cool ones thanks to Games with Gold. This offering might finally tip the scales in favor of Gold.

Last Updated: August 21, 2014


  1. Rinceable

    August 21, 2014 at 19:15

    Why can’t they just make it you can play a demo? If it’s a CoD game let them play for like 30 mins ????


    • Lord Chaos

      August 22, 2014 at 06:14

      So the entire campaign then?


  2. Brady miaau

    August 22, 2014 at 07:26

    So we in SA must download and play a 6gig game in a day? Yeeess.

    I just hope we get some decent advanced warning about which day, and what games.


    • Skyblue

      August 22, 2014 at 07:41

      Just like EA except they give you 6 hours of gameplay. I really don’t like the direction of these companies as all they’re trying to do with all this kak is cut out the retailer and get us purchasing digitally.


      • Pieter Kruger

        August 22, 2014 at 08:38

        Relax, MS heard you load and clear and has since canned this idea….????


        • Skyblue

          August 22, 2014 at 11:22

          Time will tell.
          Pre-ordering my Xbone tomorrow. BT are doing the R6299 deal for Forza and FIFA and throwing in a R1000 voucher which will cover my extra controller. I play both launch titles so it looks like a good deal to me.


    • Pieter Kruger

      August 22, 2014 at 08:10



      • Brady miaau

        August 22, 2014 at 09:34

        Well, if you want it, then must is correct. My words assume a want, out of context

        And I have an Xbox 360 and am sick to teeth of spending money on games I do not actually enjoy. I bough sleeping Dogs because of the demo, else I would never dream of playing a game like that.


  3. Hammersteyn

    August 22, 2014 at 07:54

    I hope the day is as long as Goku had on Earth when he was allowed back for just one day


  4. Anamech

    August 22, 2014 at 09:10

    Lets just leave the consoles and start a Smite clan!!! 🙂


  5. Milesh Bhana

    August 22, 2014 at 09:38

    don’t understand this. Why not just make demoes. (Limited content, unlimited time) Or the old skool XBL way where you get the whole game, but it’s locked as demo till you pay for it. Is it that hard for devs to always keep “demo mode” in mind when making games?


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