E3 06: Free week to accompany E3 Xbox Live push

Microsoft to offer demos and new content during show; free Xbox Live Gold all week long.

The online experience has been a big emphasis of Microsoft's Xbox 360 promotional effort, and the publisher is looking to push it even harder heading into this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. In a recently posted interview with Microsoft's Peter Moore (the company's corporate vice president for both the interactive entertainment business and the entertainment and devices division, for those keeping track), Xbox.com confirms what many have expected. Namely, that Microsoft is going to use the Xbox Live Marketplace to bring users at home closer to the E3 experience.

"E3 will be a real test for Xbox Live because everyone will be tuned into their Xbox consoles and continually downloading new content," according to the Xbox.com article. "Xbox Live members should be able to play many of the demos that even the celebrities will be testing out at E3."

The E3 push doesn't end there, however. Verizon is once again sponsoring free Xbox Live Gold for all 360 users. But instead of sponsoring a few day's worth of complimentary online play, the company is ponying up to give gamers a full week of free play. The E3 2006 Free Xbox Live Gold Week kicks off May 8 and runs through May 14. Verizon is promising a number of events and exclusive content for the week, including a "Backstage Pass to E3 2006" and a giveaway of a million Xbox Live Marketplace points.

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98 comments
pyth0n13
pyth0n13

oh man e3 is gonna be so awesome

dillon_o4
dillon_o4

Awesome this is why i got a 360 Xbox Live is the bomb my free month try out just ran out and now i get a free week!!! awesome

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

Are there still xbox360 users without gold??? I hope you realize that in the near future a console without internet will be just as primitive as a computer without internet. MSFT is setting the pace. As for E3 I guess I'm anxious to see what the Halo will look like. Hopefully they show RE5 and some new video of Lost Odyssey.

thekey
thekey

Free gold always works for me!!!(Go Xbox Live!!!!)

Raymin4
Raymin4

Sweet! Maybe I'll actually get my 360 hooked up for this event....

GoddBless
GoddBless

Boy it just seems Microsoft is really starting to do good business. Well as far as gaming is concerned. Good Job! I had a feeling they would do something like this though. Especially after I watched that new Too Human demo. SONY & Nintendo are gonna have to step their game up big time.

biofreak12
biofreak12

Someone is forgeting about ninja gaiden 2, lets hope it's in progress, the gameplay better be better than god of war 2 and look better than Resident Evil 5 :) sony cant come close for at least 2 years... all they will be able to deliver at the release date is bluray player and surly not the games to compete with 360. i'll be gettin the core system this november for 220$ after the price drop and maybe get the HD player if i'll have and HDTV.

Knight_Rider_3K
Knight_Rider_3K

Killswitch, You don't think that next gen Sony games will be 60 bucks--Of course they will! Sony said BASIC service would be free---maybe kind of like silver Enjoy Final Fasntasy 27 and Samuri Warrior 17 or whatever numbers they are at now.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

The features for the 360 is pretty cool and allowing 360 subscribers to play online for a week free is clever. But still the games will be $60 and after the week its pay to play online. Until they make things cheaper and the games a little better, I'll stick with the Playstation brand. There I'll know that the games will be cheaper, online play will be free, and the games will be a blast to play. Thanks but no thanks.

magomtz
magomtz

cool now only if I had an xbox360.

PS3_OWNS
PS3_OWNS

i wonder if stuff that cost stuff is free

lonewolf_dx
lonewolf_dx

Cool, and it's all for free. I cant wait for all the new content!! Thanks M$, good job, keep it up!!

troakun
troakun

Amazing, and for free to! I can only hope Nintendo and Sony get in on this next year.

Jyo4life
Jyo4life

that's so great... M$ does it again

OmahaGTP
OmahaGTP

With all the good news surrounding the 360 lately, I hardly can imagine what E3 will bring.

anthony_basic
anthony_basic

news flash. xbox 360 will own e3. This is so much better than Gamespots membership. All of the videos plus game demos. HAH!

Dups79
Dups79

Brilliant ideas.

MercuryFlash
MercuryFlash

Woohoo! Can't wait for E3! Bring on Halo 3, Gears of War, and Too Human!!! I think Xbox Live is the most important part of the "next-gen" experience....new and timely content available almost everyday.

GamesAnytime
GamesAnytime

, I'll be at the E3 Show anyway , but i sure as hell can use a free week of XBOX Live

AlbertPerk
AlbertPerk

Awesome, E3 is going to be great. I wish I had a media press pass to go!

Sig12047
Sig12047

Why can't they do this after my subscribtion runs out?

schm177y
schm177y

Halo 3 trailer here we come! I would also like to get my hands on some free points

bison_tuesday
bison_tuesday

This is fantastic - a solid marketing move by Microsoft. Hopefully Sony and Nintendo are taking note!

wokisan
wokisan

MS better rev up some extra servers for that week. The demand/excitement will be ridiculous....In a good sort of way.

thatguytony
thatguytony

This is really great to hear. I hope that Microsoft can continue to keep making Live and the marketplace great. The only thing they need is more publishers to put there classic games on Live Arcade.

jaspap
jaspap

I am and will always be a huge Nintendo fanboy.But this Xbox360 guy keeps nocking on my door asking me if I want to come out and play.Well let's just say the door is wide open now,Xbox360 you just made a new friend,now time to pick one up.

TheChosenCheif
TheChosenCheif

What do you think the chances are of having Microsoft's Press conference put on the marketplace. That would be sweet. If they do show a teaser on Halo 3, that better be the first thing to go up.

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

I hope theres a Halo 3 demo, even if its just a tech demo, hell even if theres just a trailer I'll be happy.

drack48
drack48

wonder if a too human demo is coming...

deathosaurus22
deathosaurus22

bah xbox 360 pc online is allways one fixed price for what you want not little pissy silver gold marketplace bah lol. Hail PC!

Micsunderland2
Micsunderland2

wow, great idea. i got my xbox 360 a few weeks ago and i love it. i had been with ps2 all my life, and i think ive just converted from a ps2 lover to a 360 lover.

_LEBATO_
_LEBATO_

Unbelievable, very nice :D

gamecube120
gamecube120

OK, after reading it over again...it seems like a creative idea (in particular, watching E3 through your console). However, I still think that it's gonna take more than that to regain customer appreciation after their console shortages. We shall see...