Every month, Xbox One gamers can download and play a selection of free games, as long as they subscribe to Xbox Live Gold.

Xbox Live Gold is more than just free games though. It also gives Xbox One X, Xbox One S or even original Xbox One owners the chance to play their games online and discounts on many digital games on the Xbox Store.

Membership in the UK usually costs £17.99 for three-months or £49.99 for a whole year's membership when paid up front. Alternatively, you can choose to pay monthly for £6.99 a month.

In our opinion though, the best way to subscribe is through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For just £10.99 per month, you get Xbox Live Gold membership, Xbox Game Pass with access to over 200 games to download and play, plus Xbox Game Pass for PC with more than 100 Windows 10 titles.


Here is the free Xbox Games with Gold lineup for July 2019:


  • Available 1 to 31 July 2019

You might not have experienced Playdead's puzzle-platformer before, but now's the ideal time to try it out. The critically acclaimed game is superbly dark and moody, with an excellent art style and cunning gameplay. The story will stay with you long after you complete it too.

Big Crown: Showdown

  • Available 16 July to 15 August 2019

Big Crown: Showdown is a great couch co-op or online multiplayer game for up to four players. Each of you have to race and fight each other to wear the crown, while avoiding traps on the varied courses.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

  • Available 1 to 15 July 2019

One of the highlights of the Castlevania 2D action-platformer series is an essential game to add to your collection. First released in 1997, it still holds up well today in its backward compatible Xbox 360 form.

Meet the Robinsons

  • Available 16 to 31 July 2019

You might even have forgotten the movie this 3D platformer is based on, but it's well worth a dabble anyway as it's a, perhaps surprisingly, good licence.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Meet the Robinsons are Xbox 360 games that have been resurrected through backward compatibility.

The latter two games are also available for Xbox 360 owners who have Xbox Live Gold membership.