Microsoft announced the slate of free November games for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners with Xbox LIVE subscriptions. The Games with Gold program is giving two smaller indie games for the Xbox One, while the Xbox 360 gets two AAA releases. The catch is November is the month backwards compatibility goes live for the Xbox One.
Pneuma: Breath of Life from Deco Digital is the first Xbox One title that will be free for the month of November. It will be available from the start of the month and is part of the ID@Xbox program to bring indie games to the console. It’s best described as a first-person puzzle game, full of philosophical and existential questions.
Knight Squad will be brand new to the Xbox One when it hits the Games with Gold program on November 15. It will be available as a free download through December 15, and can best be described as a multiplayer Bomberman meets Gauntlet. It was originally released to Steam in 2014, and is now making the hop to the Xbox.
Speaking of AAA titles, the Xbox 360 is receiving DiRT 3 as a free Games with Gold title from November 1 through November 15, and Dungeon Siege III from November 16 through the end of the month. Meanwhile, the Xbox One is set to receive the New Xbox One Experience update on November 12. This includes backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 titles, and all Games with Gold titles going forward will be backwards compatible. This essentially gives Xbox One owners with Xbox LIVE Gold four free games a month.
As a reminder, the backwards compatibility that will launch with the New Xbox One Experience on November 12 emulates the Xbox 360 operating system. Players will have access to Xbox LIVE, friends list, multiplayer, and all the other social features available on the last-gen console. Additionally, Xbox One features, such as broadcasting via Twitch, taking screenshots, and recording gameplay, will all be available.
The ability to make Xbox 360 games playable on the Xbox One and make them available for free via Xbox LIVE Gold may turn out to be a strength for the new console. That will be especially critical going into the holiday months, as it continues to compete for console market ownership with Sony’s PlayStation 4.
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