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From October 4th to October 6th, Microsoft has made everything normally reserved only for Xbox Live Gold members — apps, multiplayer gaming, etc. — free for anyone with an Xbox 360. The goal is to entice folks into signing up for a real Xbox Live Gold membership, but even if you have no plans to sign up, you can still snag these three free days.

The offer is available in the following regions: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

If you’re in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, or Mexico, your free weekend will arrive on October 11th-14th, and Japanese gamers will have to wait until November 7th-10th.


Also, as a part of the Games with Gold program recently announced, you should be able to pick up a copy of Might & Magic Clash of Heroes for free, since it is available for free to all Gold members until October 15th. Sorry, Japan, but there should be another Games with Gold promotion going on during the November 7th-10th period as well. Games with Gold features two free games every month for all Xbox Live Gold members.

With the release of the Xbox One approaching on November 22nd, Microsoft is trying even harder to get people to upgrade from their free Xbox Live membership to the Gold version. Many of the new features for the next-generation device — like OneGuide, Game DVR, and SmartMatch — will only be available for Gold subscribers.


Will you be trying out Xbox Live Gold this weekend? Can Microsoft convince you to spend $60 a year on Xbox Live? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Xbox Wire


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  1. XopsmastersX
    October 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    i bet more people will switch to play station because of you, that means less money for YOU

  2. HateMicrosoft
    October 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    $60 my ass..

    • XopsmastersX
      October 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I'm in on you

  3. XSilentxSaintX
    October 7, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Think about it. In reality youre not paying for xbox live gold. Youre paying for the security so your shit doesnt get stolen.

    • Viliami
      October 8, 2013 at 12:57 am

      No, think about it. In reality you're paying for nothing. You would've gotten online anyway.

  4. Ben Phoenix
    October 7, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Considering how cheap the consoles are, the cheap extended warranties available for them and the relativily cheap price of the games (GTA5 cost 39.49 on pre-order, this is the same price as full price titles years ago), it is hardly surprising that xbox live wants to make money through yearly subscriptions. Online gaming should always be free is a foolish thing a person would only say when they do not understand business.

  5. Phil
    October 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Online gaming should always be free.

    • NotaBaby
      October 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      So who pays for your internet connection? I can guarantee that you waste more than $60 a month on going out eat or beer or energy drinks, stop whining!

    • argennys
      December 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Is not about whining. Most of us just dont make enough money to pay that extra 60 and last time i check i already pau for internet so why i need yo pay 60 extra for what to play online with retards that the onlu thing better they got to do is offend me. Naa gaming should be free

  6. Rodrigo Rodriguez
    October 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    No need to waste 60 dollars. Give Microsoft a call and tell them you saw it cheaper on eBay an they will match it

      October 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

      So waste forty dollars then?