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I just got an email and wanted to pass along some cool news for owners of the new Xbox One. Microsoft has announced that Xbox Live Gold is going to be an even better deal starting in June, 2014, as Games with Gold will be available on the Xbox One. This is great news, because I was really disappointed that I was not getting the same service I have been enjoying with my Xbox 360. Check out their official announcement.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Games with Gold program from Xbox Live Gold, this program gives users access to download games for free. Over the last few months there have been quite a few great games available, from Assassin’s Creed 2 to Hitman: Absolution. A few of the other games I was able to download and play include Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, and Deadlight, and awesome side scrolling zombie game that uses shadows and light to really tell a compelling story.

Starting in June, if you subscribe to Xbox Live Gold, your Xbox One will have the benefits that Gold members have enjoyed on their Xbox 360s for a while now. And, if you have not yet purchased an Xbox One… well, check out the official announcement from Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox:

First, beginning on June 9th, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, we will offer Xbox One starting at $399*. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. Here is what you can expect from the new generation of Xbox Live: Free games with Games with GoldExclusive Discount Deals with GoldPopular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners.

Awesome news, especially if you are still paranoid about the Xbox One Kinect watching your every move. Now you can get the Xbox One without that peripheral. Personally, I love my Kinect. There are some great games available for it on the Xbox 360 and the additional functionality available in a lot of games is really awesome, using the voice commands or chat options available. Thanks for checking this out and watch for lots more gaming news here on Comic Booked.

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