Merry Christmas! Games With Gold December 2015 Offers 5 Free Games

Next month is Christmas, and the folks at Microsoft are feeling mighty generous as they have upped the usual 4 free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 to five.


On the Xbox One subscribers will be able to download 2 free games, and they are The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing ($14.99 ERP) and Thief ($29.99 ERP). The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will be available for the entire month of December, whereas Thief will be available from December 16th to January 15th.

Things get even crazier on the Xbox 360 side of things, as here subscribers will be able to download three free games. From December 1st to December 15th subscribers will be able to download Castlestorm ($9.99 ERP), and then from December 16th to December 31st they’ll be able to download both Sacred 3 ($19.99 ERP) and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising ($9.99 ERP).

Overall, the quality of the games here isn’t incredible or anything, but the sheer quantity more than makes up for it. There are some pretty solid games here, and even though it feels like we’ve been offered Thief for free a million times now it’s still a game that I want to return to at some point.

The Demand For The $150 Xbox One Elite Controller Is Actually Very High

That new Xbox One Elite controller does look rather smashing, but that’s before you check out the massive $150 price tag attached to it. However, that big price apparently hasn’t stopped many a gamer from scrambling to pick one up, as supplies are already limited.

Microsoft’s Major Nelson has revealed on Twitter that the controller has sold out across the country and that the supplies will be limited at least until early next month. You might get lucky here and there, but the overall stock replenishment isn’t expected to fully take swing until next month.

I honestly can not imagine ever paying this much money for a video game controller, but I guess I’m in the minority on this one!

Here Are The Free Xbox Games With Gold For August 2015

Major Nelson has revealed the next batch of free games for Xbox Live Gold members as part of the Games With Gold promotion. Just as before, gamers will be able to download two free Xbox One games and two free Xbox 360 games throughout the month of August 2015.

Free Games With Gold August 2015

For Xbox One, gamers will be able to download Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for the entire month, while How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition will be available from August 15th – September 15th.

On Xbox 360, gamers are getting an even better deal with both slots being taken up by the critically-acclaimed Metro games. From August 1st – August 15th gamers will be able to download Metro 2033, and Metro: Last Light from August 16th – August 31st.

This is one of the strongest batch of games that Microsoft has ever offered as part of the Games With Gold promotion. It was a good move by them to follow what Sony did last month by offering Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for free, as it’s a great way to get more people on board for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain when it releases in September.

Also, even though the Metro games were remastered for current-gen systems, it’s still great to know that the gamers will be able to download both games for absolutely nothing. They might not be the best versions of the games on the market, but you can’t beat free!

Major Nelson Reveals The 1 TB Xbox One With New Controller

While news of a 1 TB Xbox One model has been making the rounds on the internet for a while now, Major Nelson has made things official by releasing a video that shows the shiny new thing off.

In terms of what this new console brings to the table over the original model, the biggest thing (obviously) is the improved hard drive space. The original Xbox One hard drive was 500 GB, so this new model doubles that. Considering that I’ve already reached the limit on my console due to massive game file sizes and the constant free games via Games With Gold, this a welcomed improvement.

Xbox One 1 TB

Along with the improved storage space also comes a new matte finish for the system itself, which is something that I wish the system had from the get go. Shiny systems are nice in theory, but they are so easily scratched and smudged that they become a nightmare before long.

The last major change is the Xbox One’s controller itself, which now features a 3.5mm stereo headset jack. This is big news, as it lets you plug in any headset directly into the controller without the need for extra hardware. The bumpers on the back of the controller have also been tweaked a bit.

Xbox-One-3.55mm-jackCheck out the video of Major Nelson showing off the new console directly below.


You Can Now Purchase Xbox One Games Via Xbox 360, ‘Cuz Why Not?

It is now possible to download Xbox One games from your Xbox 360… because technology!

You ever have one of those days where you just want to buy Xbox One games from your Xbox 360? Well now you can! Microsoft has revealed that gamers will be able to start building their Xbox One libraries from their 360s through the Games With Gold program.

While it seems pretty superfluous at first, it’s kind of neat for people who don’t have an Xbox One yet. That’s because they will be able to take advantage of the free Xbox One games that are released every month, regardless of whether or not they even own the console.

Now, you could previously do this from the website, but who the heck wants to do that? You can do it right from the Xbox 360’s homepage by clicking on the Games With Gold section, which is way easier. This month’s free Xbox One game is none other than Rayman Legends, which is something I have been meaning to check out for ages and ages and even longer.

Oh, and if you don’t believe anything that I wrote above, just check out the video for yourself below! 

‘Halo: Reach’ Free + ‘Valiant Hearts’ Discounted For Xbox Gold Members

The most gut-wrenching entry in the Halo series is free to download for the rest of the month.

If you’re an Xbox gamer who also has an Xbox Live Gold subscription, then you’re in for some pretty sweet deals for the rest of the month of September.

As a result of Games With Gold, Halo: Reach is now free to download on Xbox 360 for the rest of this month. The game is notable for not only being the most dramatic and tragic installment in the series, but also due to the fact that it is the last game in the series to be developed by Bungie.

For those looking for a much different yet equally dramatic affair, Valiant Hearts is now on sale with a 33% discount for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. That particular game is set during the times of World War I, though it’s told in a unique way and with a gorgeous art style.

There’s a bunch of other games that will be discounted for a while, so check out the full list from Major Nelson right here.