Microsoft has announced the Xbox Games with Gold July 2023 lineup. Microsoft is giving away two games as part of Xbox Games with Gold: Blue Fire and Inertial Drift. The company no longer gives away free Xbox and Xbox 360 games.
This is the final Xbox Games with Gold lineup. Microsoft has announced that Xbox Live Gold will become Xbox Game Pass Core. It is required to play most online multiplayer on Xbox.
The new Xbox Game Pass Core tier will also provide a small library of games, similar to the old PlayStation Plus Collection. Microsoft says that it will no longer provide free monthly games; Core will see games added once or twice a year.
Here is the full Game with Gold lineup for August, including the dates for each game:
Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S
- Blue Fire (August 1 to 31)
- Inertial Drift (August 1 to 31)
The first free game is Blue Fire. Here is a description from Xbox Store:
Travel through the perished world of Penumbra to explore unique areas filled with diverse enemies, sharp 3D platforming challenges, quests, collectibles, and more. Embark on an extraordinary journey through the desolated kingdom of Penumbra and discover the hidden secrets of this long-forgotten land. Explore mystical temples, encounter survivors and take on strange quests to collect valuable items. Along your adventure, slash your way through daunting adversaries, roam across mysterious and abandoned regions, leap through deadly traps and ultimately master the art of movement.
The second free game is Inertial Drift. Here is the description from Xbox Store:
Set in a 90’s retro future, Inertial Drift is an Arcade Racer with a devastatingly unique handling model and unbelievably satisfying twin-stick drift mechanics. Inertial Drift offers a whole new level of accessibility and challenge to the arcade racing genre – for a driving experience genuinely unlike anything you’ve played before.
The Xbox Live Games with Gold lineup is free for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.