Xbox Live Gold free for all this weekend on Xbox 360

You can play online multiplayer and watch entertainment apps for free February 14-16; no plans for free weekend on Xbox One.

Microsoft announced today that it will hold a special Xbox Live Gold free weekend for all Xbox 360 users beginning tomorrow, February 14, and running through Sunday, February 16.

During that period, all Xbox Live users in the United States and Canada will have access to the Xbox Live Gold "perks," including online multiplayer and entertainment applications. You can use this free weekend to try out World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, which launched yesterday and normally requires a Gold subscription.

The free weekend is only going to be offered on Xbox 360. Sorry, Xbox One owners, you'll still need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play the Titanfall beta, which starts tomorrow.

It's a big week for Microsoft and Xbox Live. In addition to the free Xbox Live Gold weekend for Xbox 360, a major Xbox One system update is expected to go live today or tomorrow.

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deadpen
deadpen

So on valentines weekend they are allowing free play. This just sounds like everything is going to go all to shit a TON of assholes will hit CoD/BF. glad i can go to the ps3/ps4, xbox one, or the wii u if needed, but I think my wife and I will just take a trip and save me some trouble.

cube-gage
cube-gage

Ive had a 360 since summer 2010, never had xbox live apart from 1 month free and even then I only played halo 3 about 4 times. Have a PS3 and played COD4, MW2 and WAW, abit way back in the day, but even then I found it very lack luster (I like to be able to see a list of maps with how many players are on them like on the PC, the PS3 just seemed to log me into random games). 

The best online experience I ever had was Socom fireteam bravo series on the PSP, COD1, COD2, MOH AA, CS Source on the PC.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

my 360 has been unplugged for the last 5 years. this is the closest thing to get me to plug it back in for the weekend. But updating my xbox seems like a lot of work. so much work I stopped caring again.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

If anyone owns a 360 and hasn't at least tried it by this point I can't imagine they will care somehow.

xikrazyk
xikrazyk

What? Wasn't xb live free every weekend since the release of the 360

At least that's what I remember when I bought my first xbox360 in 06

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

This means that everyone can download the free games for February? The first one ends on the 15th and the second one begins on the 16th.

northArrow
northArrow

@Mr_Big_Boss No you can't. You need to be a paid subscriber in order to download the games. Even the "one month free XBL" you used to get when you purchased a AAA game at release won't let you DL a game. It's in the fine print of the games with gold promo

Techtroll
Techtroll

This is nothing new they used to hand out free two day gold passes with every game that u bought up until 2-3 years ago

alnors
alnors

" the United States and Canada" I should have never  bought an xbox... 

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Vidpci  Plus the $8/month Nextflix fee... they fail to mention that.  By "free" they really mean regular price.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Yay, might actually fire up the old 360 for this. Haven't used it in over a year.

vader501st
vader501st

I love how those companies are trying to make Valentine's day and weekend the least miserable as possible for gamers.

XxXeroxX
XxXeroxX

I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my right hand. #foreveralone

playstationzone
playstationzone

free only for weekend its pointless and PlayStation wins again since get ps plus for free for 4 days.

blackace
blackace

@Fitcherman @playstationzoneTrue. I've had XBL since the original XBox. Microsoft put 30day free trials in many of their 1st party games. I'll bet Fable Anniversary has one of those cards in it.

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@playstationzone Most xbox players already have gold so it doesn't matter.  We don't even need a free weekend.

charlesswann
charlesswann

Oh, bountiful Microsoft, we bask in your glory.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

now the xb1 is out I reckon that every weekend should be free for 360 users, it might encourage them to upgrade to gold full time

but lock out the free games, actually could free users get the free Games with Gold games this weekend?

and besides entertainment apps shouldn't be locked behind gold anyway not if your already paying for them eg: Netflix

blackace
blackace

@MajinSquall Yes. They should be able to download Dead Island for free. Even after their XBL Gold Membership expires on Sunday night, they will still be able to play Dead Island. Give it a try and see if it works.

I agree about the paywall for subscription apps. I'm paying for Netflix already, why do I need Gold on XBox to use it. That's just dumb.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@blackace I watch Netflix on my PS3 or Wii U anyway but i'm already a gold member so I can't check if free members can get dead island free

but yeah putting subscription app behind a paywall is stupid it's like they are just trying to make money off something that isn't theirs and that's just greed,i have no problem with paying to use online multiplayer but to pay twice for a service I hate

repetitious
repetitious

I like how he wrote this in a sarcastic tone

Clearly unbiased...

repetitious
repetitious

One example, quotation marks around perks..

Riddick123
Riddick123

@repetitious  It's not a very generous offer.  If people want Gold, they most likely already have it.

blackace
blackace

@Riddick123 @repetitiousGives people a chance to try it for themselves who have never used it before. Plus they get a free game without ever paying for Gold.

Inlex
Inlex

@repetitious  It's not sarcastic at all. I'm the most sarcastic person people will ever meet, but I find this article non-sarcastic. (this post is actually not sarcastic either, in case you're wondering. Nor was the previous sentence. And that one and this one.)

northArrow
northArrow

@blackaceYou can't download the games with gold offer on a free weekend. You must be a paid subscriber to do so. 

Riddick123
Riddick123

Ahahahahahaha    hahahaha    takes a breath   hhahahaha   gasps for breath...oh wow...wipes tear from eye.


If they want Gold they already have it.

roman4545
roman4545

@Riddick123 my goodness... you have forgotten to take your pills again ?


Actually i want gold and i still dont have it... looking forward to this HA!

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

whoooooooooohooooooooooo(very sarcastically)!

adambomb007
adambomb007

i wasnt aware people had a 360 without gold....

Riddick123
Riddick123

@adambomb007  I used to.  You can get updates and play games.  Just not multiplayer or use the apps you already pay for...such as Netflix.

blackace
blackace

@adambomb007 You'd be surprised. There is about 45 million with XBL and over 82 million XBox 360's sold.

Mr_Ditters
Mr_Ditters

Hey Microsoft!  If you made XBL gold free permanently, I will sell my PS4 and get an xbox.  Paying for online absurd.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

@adambomb007 @Mr_Ditters can't you read -_-

tom2750
tom2750

2 days of free Xbox live gold oh how generous of Microsoft LOL

northArrow
northArrow

How about letting us use the apps without XBL? I'm sick paying Microsoft for services they don't provide

Kevy1252
Kevy1252

Xbots does your butts hurt ? because i can see microsoft royally screwing you

delete-easycomeeasygo
delete-easycomeeasygo

That's nice and all but all I want to know is what's next for GWG on March? And it better be good this time, not like this Month.