If you’ve wanted to experience the benefits of Xbox Live’s Gold service but didn’t want to dent your wallet, Microsoft is providing a nice little treat this weekend.

Starting this morning and running through Monday morning, Xbox Live Silver members can enjoy the benefits of a Gold membership without charge.

That means Xbox owners in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Japan can play with others online, access entertainment apps like Netflix and enable Video Kinect.

Xbox Live Gold costs $59.99 for 12 months of service, or $9.99 monthly.

The latest numbers from NPD market research firm came out Thursday and the Xbox 360 was the top-selling console in March, marking the 27th straight month atop the U.S. console market.

Microsoft sold 261,000 Xbox 360′s last month  — down 13.5 percent from last month — and also led all consoles in total retail spend (hardware, software and accessories) at $402 million. The Xbox 360 also had six of the top 10 console game titles for March, though Gears of War was the sole Xbox-only game on the list.

Previously on GeekWire: Deal with it? Microsoft apologizes for employee’s ‘always-on’ console comment

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  • Chris Taylor

    Want 1600 free microsoft points! We are having a contest this weekend only!

  • Harry

    For $5 a month. Xbox Live Gold is definitely worth getting.

    • Jason Farris

      Less really. We pay $99.00 a year for 4 people in the “family pack”. I’d pay double it would still be worth it.

  • sarah

    xbox is such a loser. I have nitendo wii and it provides google and eyerything. Why does not it provide google it is so expensive whereas wii is cheap and has everything. I am selling my xbox 360 and i reccomend you never buy it. There is no worth of buying it. I will only buy when it provides internet explorer for free i told all my friends not to buy it instead they are planning to buy wii which is better even if it is old. If microsoft wants to profit that much money from us why dont they just give gold for free and i am 100 percent sure everyone would love to buy it

  • danieol

    I agree with sarah. It is 100 percent true that wii is a lot more better than xbox kinect, Even that xbox has sensor camera is there is no need for a remote it is still not worth of buying it. I dont understand why they want to take so much money from us. Instead they must provide internet explorer evn if they dont want to provide the video chatting and multiplayer and more . As sarah said i also recommend you not to buy it. I also got a xbox for christsmas but it wasnt fun at all we need to pay for most of the things and they dont have that much faciities as wii does

  • Curt

    Promotions good while it lasted, they should really do this every month instead of 2-3 times a year. I get free xbox codes from but I’m glad many others had a chance to play online this weekend.

  • Kayk

    I don’t dent my wallet for live. I already get it for free lol.

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