How to Download XBox 360 Games for Free

By Matthew Anderson

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Xbox 360

  • Internet access

The Xbox 360 allows users to download a large number of games and demos for free. Xbox Live has two types of accounts. Silver accounts are completely free and allow games and demos to be downloaded. Several full games, such as Aegis Wing and Dash of Destruction, are completely free. Demos are always free and available for almost every Xbox 360 game. Xbox Live Arcade games can be downloaded for free if the game itself is purchased by the user.

Turn on the Xbox 360 and go to the Dashboard. The console will start on the Dashboard if no game is inserted in the console.

Choose the “Join Xbox Live” option in the menu.

Complete the instructions to create a Silver account.

Go to the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Go to the Games tab.

Browse through the games alphabetically or by category.

Select a game to download. Free games will have “Free” listed next to the title in place of an Xbox Live points cost.

Select the game title to open the download menu. Select “Download Now” to start downloading the game.


Your account will be a Gold account for the first month after creation. This allows you to play games online. If you do not enter payment information, it will revert to a Silver account after the month is over.