Microsoft Corp is giving away its best Valentine’s gift to its loyal Xbox gamers. It may not be as romantic as a candlelit date or as fancy as a box of chocolates. But it would be perfect for any gaming enthusiast who prefers to stay at home and play video games.
Only for this weekend, the giant technology firm is offering a unique treat to its gamers. The company is giving free access to its Xbox Live Gold. However, this enticing and thrilling deal is available only in the US and in Canada. During the entire weekend, all your favorite Xbox Live online multiplayer gaming and entertainment apps will be accessible without any charge.
This unique free Gold weekend treat has already started. It will last from 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, Friday (February 14) to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday (February 16). Anyone who wants to continue getting access to Xbox Live Gold after this free weekend would have to get a subscription worth $9.99 monthly, $59.99 annually, or $24.99 for a quarter.
Weekend gaming marathon
In a blog post, Microsoft announced that all Xbox owners in the US and Canada would obtain free access to popular features like online multiplayer gaming and Video Kinect. As mentioned, access to the whole catalog of its entertainment apps is also accessible free of charge.
Microsoft entices all gaming enthusiasts to enjoy this weekend videogame and entertainment marathon before it lasts. It also asks them to share with the company feedback about all the new and exciting things they have tried and enjoyed during the free Gold weekend. This offer, however, is only extended to Xbox 360 gamers.
Timing of the promo
This generous promotion coincides with the grand launch in Xbox 360 of Wargaming’s World of Tanks. The popular multiplayer shooting videogame recently bagged the posthumous Online Game of the Year award from the DICE Awards.
It also comes after the NPD Group released figures about US console sales last month. According to the market research firm, sales of Sony Corp’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) exceeded sales of Xbox One in January. While exact numbers were not provided, Sony claimed that its sales hit almost double compared to that of the competitor. To champion its own figures, Microsoft announced that its Xbox One consoles sold 2.29 times faster compared to sales of its own Xbox 360 across the country.