Portal 2 The last Xbox 360 game available for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers through Microsoft’s Games with Gold program. Microsoft announced last month that Xbox Games with Gold will no longer include Xbox 360 games in October because the company has “reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog.”
Games with Gold for September, noted Ars TechnicaLists Portal 2 For Xbox 360, October 1 is the last title before the cutoff point. Valve’s classic puzzle-platform game was released on the Xbox 360 10 years ago, so it’s a fitting end to a nearly decade-long program of free Xbox 360 games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
Games with Gold is a monthly benefit for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. Microsoft hand selects free games each month that subscribers can download and keep forever, and all Xbox 360 titles are playable on the latest Xbox Series X / S consoles and Xbox One.
Microsoft has reached its limit of new Xbox 360 games through the Games with Gold offer due to the discontinuation of its Xbox backward compatibility program. Microsoft returned last year with 76 new backwards compatible games, but at the time the company said it had “reached the limits of our ability to bring new games from the past to the catalog due to licensing, legal and technical restrictions.”
If you’ve already downloaded or redeemed Xbox 360 games through the Games with Gold program, they’ll still be available after October 1. Microsoft’s change just makes sense Portal 2 Games with Gold offer is the last game you can claim for free.
Xbox Live Gold is still a very popular subscription, but Microsoft has shifted its focus to Xbox Game Pass. The software maker briefly tried to double the price of an annual Xbox Live Gold subscription last year, but backlash forced it to back down on the price changes and even drop the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play games.