Microsoft announced that all members using Xbox Live will be able to access Xbox Live Gold services for free over the weekend. The promotion will be active from October 4 – October 6 in the majority of regions where Xbox Live is offered.
The move means that users who are not subscribed to Xbox Live Gold can access Netflix, YouTube, DailyMotion and other entertainment utilities, as well as play games online. Users will also be able to access games like GTA V Online, although they will be required to buy Xbox Live Gold if they want to continue playing the game after October 6.
Microsoft is making the promotion live in countries like 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. The service will be free from October 4 – October 6.
Users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will get to try out Xbox Live Gold for free during October 11 – October 14, while the promotion will go live in Japan on November 7 – November 10.
Microsoft is also offering two games for free on a monthly basis to Xbox Live Gold users through its Games for Gold initiative, and has already given out titles like Defense Grid: Awakening, Assassin’s Creed 2, Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 and Rainbow Six Vegas over the last few months. This month, it will be offering Halo 3 from October 16 – October 31.