First announced during E3 2013, the Games with Gold program offers free Xbox 360 games to users who purchase Gold-level memberships for Xbox Live. The program was extended to the new Xbox One console one year later.
For the first time since we can remember, Microsoft has revealed the Xbox One and 360 Games with Gold list early, so January 2015 titles have been announced on a day other than the normal last Thursday.
On June 15, 2015, backward compatibility with supported Xbox 360 games became available to eligible Xbox Preview program users with a beta update to the Xbox One system software. The dashboard update containing backward compatibility was released publicly on November 12, 2015.