Free Xbox 360 Online Multiplayer This Weekend

Xbox Live Gold membership requirement dropped for the next few days.

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The Xbox Live Gold requirement for Xbox 360's online multiplayer is being dropped for the next few days, Microsoft has announced.

Halo 3
Halo 3

Beginning today, October 9, and running through October 11, Xbox 360 members worldwide can play their games online for free. You'll still need a free Xbox Live account in order to do so, but you won't need any kind of Gold trial or membership to get online, which normally runs $60 per year.

Keep in mind that, while you have access to online multiplayer, this isn't full access to Xbox Live Gold. You won't be able to take advantage of the ongoing Deals With Gold offers for the week, nor will you be able to grab the free Games With Gold titles that are currently available.

The free multiplayer weekend is now in effect and will be available until 11:59 PM PDT on October 11.

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how about it's always free like Sony i like Xbox more but i would like to play online with out having to pend money

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Can anyone recommed me fun multiplayers? Cause all games I'd play are DEAD, multiplayer wise. Like Bionic Commando - fantastic MP, but nobody plays (or servers closed, rather).

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@Ripper_TV:

Call of Duty

Halo

GOW

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@Ripper_TV: I dont play the X360 (online) anymore but i can assure you that the World of Tanks multplayer is filled with players.
Also,i guess the GoW 3 multiplayer should be also very active.

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I was able to re-up my Xboxlive gold sub on the Xbox One for a whole year for only $30 bucks thanx to CDkeys.com. I feel like Microsoft should just go ahead and make multiplayer free on the Xbox 360 and just make it where paying for XBL gold just gets all the other advantages of gold like the free games and discounts. And while we're at it Sony should adopt Microsoft's policy with the 360 on the PS3 in that all PS+ games obtained on the PS3 are yours to keep whether or not you are still a member or not.

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O_o people still play Halo 3? Oh wait, hardcore people, anyone that goes in Halo 3 will get rekt if they're not good enough...

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@rosinmonkekyx17:

Man I freaking love Halo 3 although now a days it's full hackers

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They should drop the requirement entirely for 360 ESPECIALLY if you can confirm that you own an X1. They could get a jump in 360 games sales over Live that way.

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@Barighm: Well if you own an X1 and pay for xbox live for it, then it counts towards your 360 as well. You don't need to buy 2 memberships, one for each console.

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@Barighm:

Yea that's what I said

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@Barighm: But... if you own an Xbox One then you'd need Xbox Live for that, and Xbox Live is shared between them so you'd have it for both anyway. So what would be the point?

And they're more likely to just shut down Xbox Live for 360 than they are to make it free.

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@dominoodle: They can't shut down Xbox 360 with BC out. It's pretty stupid to do that. Main reason BC is there is so Xbox One players to play with their friends on the 360, and you can't exactly do that if the 360 Live is shut down

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This is a good marketing strategy. Make it free so people play Halo and go "man, I forgot how fun this was. Maybe I will get an Xbox one for Halo 5!"

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@akires: More like they will say "Man, I can't believe how much Halo has changed since the good ol' days".

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@Barighm:

LOL True dat

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@Barighm: "Upvote"

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Was wondering, when is the best time to pick up a Xbox Gold Live membership? Are the best deals for one around Black Friday like they are for PlayStation Network deals? I remember the PSN 12 month cards being like $27.99 for a 12 month membership at GameStop so I'm hoping they do something similar to this for Xbox Live Gold cards as well.

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@Anutha_One:

Dude just go to CDkeys.com the always have good deals on XBL Gold I just got a full year of Gold for $30 bucks today I haven't paid full price for Gold since I got my Xbox One last year. Last year when I got it I bought a year of Gold for $36 off of Ebay.

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@Anutha_One: You can always check out the deals posts we do on Monday/Wednesday/Friday to see if there's a deal going on. You can get a year for $35 right now from Newegg or eBay, which is about as cheap as you'll ever get it from a trusted site.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/gaming-deals-25-bloodborne-55-20th-anniversary-ps4/1100-6431301/

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@MrBlondeX:

CDkeys has it for $30 I just got a 12 month card for that price today it's sent to you in your email

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@Anutha_One: Just go on Ebay. Xbox Live isn't region locked like PS Plus is so people will sell them cheaper. I got Live for a year for 30 dollars.

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Ladies and gents...start your CODs,GoWs and Halos :-)

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@sladakrobot: Sorry but I'm on PC gaming duties this weekend. Sorry sladakrobot :(

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@davillain- What are you sorry about?

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Anyone who pays $60 for Live is crazy! It can always be found for $30.

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@ZamboniGamer: agreed. I can get mine for 35 euro with 14 months. no way I'm paying 60 euro for 12 months.

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With last gen winding down, and Phil admitting that MS has a lot of work to do gaining the customers trust, MS should drop Gold requirement for multiplayer for the remainder of the 360's life.

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@suicidesn0wman: I was about to say the same.

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@suicidesn0wman: Awesome idea

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Sweet. Any idea of when something similar goes to PS4 as well?

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@LauriAJ: They usually do it shortly after a big online game releases. So they will probably do it in November or December for COD and Destiny.

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@LauriAJ: PS4 already did this a few times, and I do believe the last one was in March of this year. Hopefully they do another one of these sometime soon.

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Well the price is good.

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