|By Billy Kirk | 7 years ago|
Microsoft has announced via Major Nelson’s blog that Xbox Live Gold will be available for free to all registered Xbox 360 Live users in the United States and Canada this weekend, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PT today, Friday, February 14th and extending until 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, February 16th.
The promotion allows non-paying, or “Silver”, Xbox Live users to have access to all the games, services and applications that are normally solely reserved for paying Live Gold Subscribers. Most notably, this means that online play through supported titles will now be unlocked for free for all Xbox 360 Live users in the two territories for the duration of the weekend. The offer does not extend to non-Gold Xbox Live registered users on the Xbox One platform.
Microsoft has not provided a reasoning behind the decision, so whether it’s simply a goodwill effort or marketing related remains unknown. Most likely the decision comes as a way to grab some spotlight back from Sony following January sales numbers that show the PlayStation 4 continuing to outsell Microsoft’s own Xbox One by a considerable amount, both in hardware and software sales. While this weekend’s move does not benefit Xbox One customers, it may serve to remind video game aficionados of the great success of the Xbox 360, which fared much better in the last generation video game system wars and handily outsold Sony’s PlayStation 3 in the United States.
In addition to online multiplayer gaming, registered Live users on the Xbox 360 will also be able to access Video Kinect this weekend, as well as Microsoft’s entire suite of entertainment applications.