Owners of Microsoft's line of consoles are, unfortunately, restricted from playing games online - even after purchasing games at full cost - without Xbox Live Gold, a monthly subscription that allows them to access Microsoft's online multiplayer gaming service.
For this weekend, however, Microsoft has made Xbox Live Gold absolutely free, meaning all players can go online and play in multiplayer matches without needing to subscribe to the service. Dubbed 'Free Play Days For All', the promotion extends from 1 AM on Friday, October 6 to 11:59 PM on Monday, October 9. It's also available to both Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners.
If you normally only play single player games on your console and are looking for suggestions on online multiplayer games, Microsoft recommends trying out the Star Wars Battlefront 2 open beta, which coincides with the free weekend. Alongside the Xbox, the open beta for Battlefront 2 is also accessible on PS4 and PC for free. The game significantly fleshes out the game content following player criticism and also offers a fully featured single player campaign, though, unfortunately, it's not available to try out during the beta.
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Source: Microsoft (Xbox Wire)