February 13th 2014 6:00 am PT

Free Xbox LIVE Gold This Weekend for US and Canada

If you’ve always wanted to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, now is your chance. Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from 14-16 February in the U.S. and Canada. During this free Gold weekend, all Xbox Live entertainment apps and online multiplayer gaming will be available for free*

The Free Gold Weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. PT  time this Friday 14, February and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT  on Sunday 16, February.

All Xbox owners in these regions, regardless of their current Xbox LIVE subscription status, will have access to online multiplayer gaming, Video Kinect, and our entire catalog of entertainment apps.

Get your marathon entertainment and gaming fix now and let me know on Monday all the new things you tried.

This Free Xbox Live Gold Weekend is sponsored Old Spice

*Additional subscriptions may be required to access select apps. 



Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://gh.linkedin.com/pub/kenneth-yaw-agyeman-badu/1b/351/482 Kenzibit

    US and Cannada…hmm :(

    • http://www.fixthenetcode.com Bilal Habib

      just change local to us and make a new account

    • http://www.xbox.com/ J.Rhy@n

      sucks hard hey – I’m a yearly subscriber and doesn’t really concern me but it really does suck that these promotions are US / Canada only! – like us Europeans don’t pay our fees!

  • http://www.thedealbreaker.co.za/ Aaron

    Does this also include Games with Gold? Will Dead Island be free for all over the weekend?

    • Hollywood Rick

      no. it explicitly says that a trial gold subscription will not get you a game from games with gold. dont worry the game sucks any way.

      • http://www.thedealbreaker.co.za/ Aaron

        Cheers. Thanks.

      • http://www.v0id.co.uk/ v0id

        This isn’t a trial, it’s a free weekend, also the free month trial you get with every new gamertag will get you games with gold too ..source: I got Sleeping Dogs and Dead Island before mine it expired

        • Michael Burden

          Still it is a promotional offer, so it does not allow access to Games with Gold. Same applies to any promotional access card such as the 14 day or 48 hour cards – no Games with Gold with those either.

        • José Netto

          Indeed it works with the 1 month free membership with new accounts. I wouldn’t be surprised if this would make the TWO games free since, next Sunday, Toy Soldiers is already on the rail for free download…

          Anyway, I wouldn’t come out and shout too much about these “schemes”, specially here, where some unawared MS personel might get awared and extinct these shemes :D

          And lastly, for those who insist on criticising Dead Island… it’s a good game and great fun if you’re playin’ online with FRIENDS (not random people). I find it unbelievable how so many people are so fond of BOPS mediocre, but also fun, Zombie ramification but Dead Island is always a dreadfull game… yeah each opinion to theirselves… but still….

        • ImTheMetalLord

          You don’t get a free month with every gamertag but instead every console has a limit of 3 months of trials total. Buy a used one and take a gamble on whether you get a free trial month of gold. This is on XBOX dot COM.

    • Michael Burden

      No it does not. Games with Gold are only valid with paid memberships and not valid with promotional Live offerings such as this or free access cards.

  • ChintuPatel

    game for gold it for everyone this weekend

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      or not. doesn’t work that way dude, sorry.

      • ChintuPatel

        larry hryb says when you r gold for free weekend u will get it

        • Michael Burden

          Source? Sorry but you are wrong or at least very deluded. Games with Gold only works with PAID memberships and not valid with free promotional Live offers such as this or free access cards (14 day/48 hour cards). Please refrain from posting this incorrect information.

  • Senses Failed

    That’s great.. But wasn’t there something happening for the xbox one this week? Some kind of update? How about telling us about that

  • billy middleton

    ~looks in my room~
    xbox 360 …… yup
    xbox one…… yup
    tons of games in the room for both systems …… yup
    ~looks outside~
    Scotland …… damn.
    well seems everyone in the world is not good enough for the free weekend if your not American or Canadian.
    what a load of b ………….. you get the idea

    • http://www.v0id.co.uk/ v0id

      The UK had a free weekend not too long ago

  • ikari_paul

    No need to promote your wares in Europe, Larry.
    things are going better over here than in the US, so why do it.
    unless… …

    • The Yankee

      Hey moron, do you see those 3 letters that EVERY single website has?…WWW it stands for World Wide Web…he’s not going to specify what news you get…if you don’t like the info don’t click on it!!!

  • http://craiglloyd.net Craig Lloyd

    Is this applicable for the Xbox One as well? Only mentions Xbox 360 in the post.

  • Lucky13X

    FINALLY something for all us DATELESS guys(and some gals) to do this Valentine’s Day weekend. Thanks Microsoft!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVr5Cc2ovbA The saying of the truth

    F*ck the racism
    MS have always been racist
    U.S region gets much cheapper deals than the other regions
    U.S region gets free Xbox LIVE Gold and the other regoins don’t.

    The truth must be said.
    And the truth has been said.

    • evilfangs .

      Nationalism more like or whatever the correct word is lol.

      • José Netto

        Vocabulary aside, for the correct word is Xenophobia… he’s right… and many of you who are thinking it might be to play Titanfall beta, forget it. The way I see it, the beta is being released only for X1 and PC and this free LIVE weekend is only for 360.

        …come to think of it… it actually kinda fits an alternate name for MS’s console… Xenophobia 360 and Xenophobia ONE…. eheheh… this really makes no sense to not go free worldwide… at least pleasing us with an explanation would be nice.

        Also wouldn’t be the 1st time they’d do worldwide on different weekends… oh well… same old same old…

        • William Montgomery

          I know right? Just like when Japan makes games & doesn’t release them in the US. Xenophobia is the only logical reason.

          • José Netto

            I just can’t tell if your being sarcastic :D …but in that case, the games unreleased, it migh just be not good investment to export certain titles that they know they won’t sell that much… as for this, they could at least, once again, give some explanation…

            There might be numerous reasons for, for example, the delay on the release of both X1 and “the other” :) on many countries that are potential big numbers on clients:

            – more reserved to buy day one consoles releases that are subject to so many issues as it has been seen; (I would be so mad and frustrated if I owned a X!1 right now!)

            – also (and this may come out controversial) the fact that, in my belief, abroad, out of U.S., piracy levels are probably way higher than in there making it for alot of possible explanations for overpriced marketplace, consoles, lack of certain promotions, for what? …probably to compensate losses from market expectations in those countries…

            You’ll tell me “it’s not my fault other guys have illegal copies of this or this or that or that they tamper with the consoles, etc” …this is not your fault but it’s a matter of citizenship that affects us all… and, from my point of view, it wil never change because people will still be people and corporations will still be money thirst corporations… and then this “Xenophobia” comes to surface :D

  • StudioMultimédia Gon’Interacti

    nice deal

  • alberto suarez

    Definitely due to some beta that will be going on this weekend…I wonder which hehe. Can’t wait to play with my titan pet

  • Gazza!!!

    Is Brazil in the US or Canada? That should give you some sort of idea.

    • Thiago Cardim

      The only idea it gives me is that f#ck other places, M$ only cares for North America.

  • Mark Capell-helm

    oh look SCREW YOU EUROPE from M$ getting more and more disillusioned with them (m$)

  • Takeshi Kovacs


  • DerpieDutch

    What has europe done to you MS? I really dont get it.

    • Thiago Cardim

      No wonder people are choosing the competition in those other countries.

  • William Montgomery

    Just in time for the Titanfall Beta. Coincidence?

    • evilfangs .

      Good luck playing the Xbox one Titanfall beta on 360 :)

      There is no beta for 360 Titanfall as the game has been delayed.

  • Guest

    I don’t have an Xbox one so whoever gets it first
    Xbox One Titanfall Beta Early Access Code*: MK4XH-F272D-XKJ7C-KD6T6-TG6QZ

  • DanielSW

    Excuse me Major Nelson, but the links for our timezones are set to JANUARY 14-16, rather than FEBRUARY 14-16.

  • roozbeh, again


    • QBRT55

      It’s prounounced (and written):

      • roozbeh, again

        Honestly, I don’t care.

        • QBRT55


  • Lakers

    Europe Exist


      Yes it does and Europe had a free weekend not to long ago the U.S and Canada did not, They never do North America and Europe at the same time …..

  • Mauro Ribeiro

    Brazil too !!! I posted before with the link to the official site to xbox news in Brazil, but it was deleted.

  • mauszx

    14 should have a special sale for gold members

  • Sanpei

    According to NPD; PS4 nearly doubled Xbox One…So you should make better moves…Think globally, not only America

    • Guest

      Some rumors…A Kinectless SKU with a game will be available for $400 this summer ? Is this true ? So you are on the right path at last..Remove that Kinect and tv controlling features..Most of the world dont need them, they only want to play games, they dont want to pay for useless functions

    • roozbeh, again

      Nearly doubled in sales in America this month, not total sales.

      • usrev

        considering the ps4 has been sold out nearly every day since it launched in the US until only recently it’s pretty bad. they have sold nearly every ps4 shipped to the US so far.

        • WARLORD

          they say they have sold every PS4 available in the US.

    • Beluvius

      ..and in Europe it is even worse (weekly sales):
      PS4: 69.500
      X1 : 18.000
      Even PS3 sells more units in Europe than X1.
      And it will become even worse, because PS4 is still sold out almost everywhere here in Germany while X1 seems to be collecting dust in stores…


      According to Sony “Since we launched on November 15th, we’ve sold every PS4 available in the US”

  • Guest

    A Kinectless SKU with a game will be available this summer for $400 ?

    If it’s real, then you are on the right path at last….You have to..Thanks to Market…

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    @majornelson what legal issue prevents you from offering free #XboxLive this weekend to the rest of the world?

    • Takeshi Kovacs

      USA! USA! USA!

  • QBRT55

    Uhh… maybe it should have been free for the X-1 too… considering the system update was botched.

    When somebody like Larry Hyrb says “I don’t have all the details” on a week long silence regarding a non-existent Feb11th system update, he’s either lying, or Microsoft completely screwed up the system update and a bunch of their tester consoles started turning into bricks over the weekend. Or both…

    Either way… give us some details you jackasses. Even if you guys completely screwed up something, TELL US ABOUT IT FFS. If nothing else, it humanizes you.

  • Moises Munoz

    Seriously, I been thinking of getting a PS system and just skip Xbox this generation.

  • kvfive

    Larry (Major Nelson) where is the update dude ? communicate with us…. Please.

  • Tomo

    In Europe, we pay €60 for Xbox Live per year. That’s $83. $23 more than Americans. What do we get in return: Less support, features, apps, etc. etc.
    Games are €70 from Microsoft, which is $96. Although, you can get them for €60 – €65 in some stores.

    I love Xbox, but I’m sick of them prioritising the United States. I feel so left out having an Xbox One here in Europe. Europe should get 3x more free live weekends than the US with all the extra money we pay.

    • ImTheMetalLord

      That don’t make sense….you should get 3x as much free gold weekends because you pay more for your gold? If you are paying for it already you don’t need it for free so there is no logic in you statement.

      • Tomo

        Let me rephrase: EUROPE is paying more for gold, so EUROPE should get 3x as many free gold weekends.

        THEY are getting way more money out of EUROPE, so THEY should offer EUROPE more gold weekends.

        • ImTheMetalLord

          This could be a true statement if the same amount of paying gold members are in both countries but we know that there is more paying gold members in the US. So again flawed logic. Sorry, I know you were trying to make a good argument there but it still don’t work.

          • Sanpei

            Xbox is weak in Europe…So to make it more popular, MS should give more promotions to Europe…America is not a problem for Xbox already…