Xbox Live Silver accounts to offer free Multiplayer as well?

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This may be a glitch or a bug, or it may be something that only works with specific games.

Some of you may remember that we reported a while back that Microsoft has decided to make multiplayer gaming accessible with a silver account on Games for Windows Live. Well, why is it then that some people are reporting that they are playing multiplayer games on their Xbox Live Silver accounts?

This is all a bit complicated and must not be misunderstood. This last weekend, Xbox Live had an open weekend that allows anyone who only has a silver account, to play online for free. The reports of people playing multiplayer games on their silver accounts started on Wednesday already.

The games that are affected are games that are available for Live on both platforms, such as Shadowrun and Lost Planet.

If we are really lucky, this could mean that Microsoft may be thinking of offering free multiplayer gaming with a silver account, or this could be a glitch. For all we know, Microsoft is just as curious as we are.

source: N4G

Last Updated: July 29, 2008

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  • janrik

    Only works for cross platform (360/pc) games.
    Shadowrun, Universe at war, etc.

  • it could also be a teaser for silver accounts to upgrade, never underestimate the power of temptation 😛
    “here’s a taste…. mmmm that was good wasn’t it?”
    “want some more?”
    “unless you upgrade 😀 “

  • ewie

    they should just make all old games that is not played a lot free. Lile cod2. Perfect dark etc. Give the people a taste . Then if they want to play popular games gold

  • agreed, that’s an excellent idea

  • RossIRSA

    Or they should just make it free to play on line.

  • I agree.

    I suspect, if they plan to, they’ll wait till NXE launches then enable free play, but you’ll need gold for Live Party, Live Prime Time and Netflix.

  • correct, the “free Silver multi-platform game multiplayer” (say that 10 times fast), will only be until the Fall Update hits.

    Milesh Bhana’s last blog post..Recycle, recycle, recycle.

  • They’re making millions per month on Live subs, i doubt they’d give it up.

    I think their strategy has always been “charge for XBL and ensure that it’s a better service that the competitors”.

    YOur suggestion doesn’t make sense either. Charge Gold subs for the casual on-line game (Party/Primetime) and Netflix (who in turn also charge you).

    It’s the COD/Halo/GoW players who are willing to pay. If anything I would think it would be the other way around, those new features you mentioned for free and MP gaming for gold subs.

    I do believe that MS are going to have to drop the price of the subscription soon.

    Milesh Bhana’s last blog post..Recycle, recycle, recycle.

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