Microsoft holding free Xbox Live Gold weekend in U.S.

Microsoft is giving Xbox 360 owners in some parts of the world a chance to check out what the paid members of the Xbox Live Gold service can access for a brief time this weekend; the territories in this offer are the U.S., Canada, Japan and the countries in Latin America.

The Major Nelson website says that the free Xbox Live Gold weekend is currently in progress and will continue until 1 pm Eastern time on Monday. This means any Xbox Live member can check out online multiplayer gaming on the Xbox 360 console. The site also says that some games will get double XP in multiplayer matches for a limited time, including Assassins Creed III and Far Cry 3, along with double XP for weapons in Call of Duty Black Ops 2.

The free Xbox Live Gold weekend will also let people use the video features of Microsoft's Kinect add-on along with unlocking access to all of the streaming media apps that are available for the Xbox 360. That includes Netflix, which is debuting its latest original series, the horror drama Hemlock Grove, today. Of course, you still need a separate Netflix subscription to access the video app.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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Wow, free multiplayer gaming for the weekend. You know, a feature that every other console has had (for free) forever?
Free Netflix is cool, however.

For the price of a years gold service I can get a decent dedicated streaming device as a one of payment. It works better then the 360 and is silent too.
As for paying for the multiplayer aspect, im a long time PC gamer and have always enjoyed free online gamin anyway, so I always find it hard when these free weekends popup to enjoy multiplayer on the 360. It might be the types of games I'm playing, but they've either been empty or full of kids shouting their mouth off all the time down the mic.
Still, for most people a sub and 360 is going to be cheaper then a PC in the short term, more so now its near the end of its life.