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Xbox One Games for Gold coming June, Netflix goes Gold free

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Microsoft has announced Games for Gold will be available for Xbox One from June as part of changes made to the Xbox Live Gold service.

Although you’ll miss out on the by-monthly free games without an Xbox Live Gold account, at least you’ll be able to access streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Prime Video from next month without one.

First though, let’s look at the new Xbox One Games for Gold service arriving next month.

“We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars.”

The new Xbox One perks will start coming in from June, with the first free titles being Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault.

Similar to the PS4 PlayStation Plus membership functionality, you’ll only need one Gold membership to get free games across the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

“Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, delivering discounts for great games each month, with significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members.”

The deals will start with significant discounts off Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome as well as “a few other surprises”.

As per earlier rumours, Microsoft has confirmed that come June you’ll be able to access streaming services without an Xbox Live Gold membership.

“Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership.”

This includes the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Prime Video as well as Microsoft “experiences” like Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide  - all now free from the Xbox Live Gold paywall.

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