If you’re not a gold subscriber, then you’ve missed out on many of the juicy entertainment apps which have been bolted onto the Xbox since the launch of the new dashboard – as they aren’t available to those who don’t fork out for Live.
This weekend, however, you no longer have to wonder about what you might have been missing, as Microsoft has decided to make the various apps accessible and free from Friday, through to next Monday, across the globe.
Microsoft stated: “No Xbox LIVE Gold membership required… through this special promotion, anybody with an Xbox will be able to use and enjoy all of the customized entertainment app experiences featured on the Xbox LIVE service.”
Although the company did note that some entertainment apps also require a subscription to the service as well as a Live gold membership, and obviously, you won’t be able to access them unless you sign up with the third party in question.
Over in the UK, the unlocked apps include: YouTube, Sky, Lovefilm, Blinkbox, Netflix, Muzu.tv, Screenrush, Last.fm and Video Kinect. For the full list of unlocked apps, head over to your Xbox dashboard on Friday, and take a gander.
Sadly, this freebie is only extended to the entertainment apps, so there’s no multiplayer online gaming available for gratis.
Microsoft is focusing on making the Xbox a more all-round living room entertainment machine, although of course it still can’t play Blu-ray discs like its PlayStation rival.