Microsoft to hold a free Xbox Live Gold weekend Oct. 4-6

If you own an Xbox 360 console but don't have a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription, you don't have access to play any games in online multiplayer modes, nor can you check out any of the many streaming video channels available from the dashboard. This weekend, Microsoft is giving many Xbox 360 users a chance to see what they are missing.

The Xbox Wire website reports that from Oct. 4-6, a free Xbox Live Gold weekend will take place for Xbox 360 owners in a number of countries and territories, including the U.S. The full list of regions that will take part in the free weekend is as follows:

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, Vietnam

The countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico will get their own free Xbox Live Gold weekend from Oct. 11-14, and Japan will have to wait until Nov. 7-10 to access Gold features on the Xbox 360 for free. Hopefully by the time the weekend comes around, the multiplayer online issues that are currently hitting "Grand Theft Auto V" owners will be worked out.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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I'm not much of a console user, but I'm not a complete idiot either. Can somebody give me examples of what's supposed to be accessible (that normally isn't)? It seems to me that everything I'm usually locked out of is still locked out, and what requires a subscription to access is still inaccessible.

I power on my Xbox once every 2 months (if that), I spent a solid half-hour letting it download/install updates last night, and even with those, I'm not seeing much right now that wasn't already there. I'm in Canada, if that matters.

Does this mean it'll class everyone as having gold on the marketplace so can get the xbox gold exclusive games...?

Spicoli said,
re-class some services to silver.

Agreed.
Gold members getting platinum hits is our reward for being good paying customers. Let the loafers indulge for a weekend, but that's it.

n_K said,
Does this mean it'll class everyone as having gold on the marketplace so can get the xbox gold exclusive games...?

No its the same as a 48hr code. You don't gold freebies, just access to play multiplayer.

Why not? If you're going to have online play available to you, why not play one of the best selling games? I'm pretty sure it's something everyone would be thinking...

dead.cell said,
Why not? If you're going to have online play available to you, why not play one of the best selling games? I'm pretty sure it's something everyone would be thinking...

Maybe the Best selling Game, but ATM its the WORST online game EVER Created !!

EvilAstroboy said,
Maybe the Best selling Game, but ATM its the WORST online game EVER Created !!

Same can be said for every single MMO launch ever.