Xbox Big Gaming Weekend Kicks Off Today - Gears 5, Modern Warfare Free To Play

Microsoft offers up 10 free games for this weekend so that "Everyone Plays"

By Sam Woods

August 6, 2020

Microsoft’s messaging has been pretty clear over the last few weeks – they’re all about the consumer. Xbox Game Pass keeps getting bigger and better and the long-awaited xCloud is now on the horizon and is launching within the next few weeks.  Microsoft also threw no punches when confirming players can use their DualShock 4 with Xbox’s cloud gaming service, but they can’t with any PS5 games.

Now, Microsoft has shared more details about the upcoming “Big Gaming Weekend” which kicks off today. Microsoft has kindly “Unlocked 6 Xbox Game Pass games, and another 4 on top of that!” And best of all, they’re free for all players, regardless of whether or not you have an Xbox Live subscription or an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

The event entitles anybody who owns an Xbox One to play any of the below games over this weekend:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Multiplayer only) – Available 8/7 – 8/10 – Console
Dragon Ball Fighterz – Available 8/6 – 8/10 – Console
Monster Hunter World – Available 8/6 – 8/10 – Console
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – Available 8/6 – 8/19 – Console
Borderlands 3 – Available 8/6 – 8/9 – Console
Black Desert – Available 8/6 – 8/10 – Console
Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker – Available 8/6 – 8/10 – Console
Gears 5 – Available 8/6 – 8/10 – Console and PC
Subnautica – Available 8/6 – 8/10 – Console and PC
ARK: Survival Evolved – Available 8/6 – 8/10 – Console and PC

There are some really great games on the list with players able to jump into the critically acclaimed Gears 5 and the monster hit that is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at no extra cost.

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While it’s another very pro-consumer move from Microsoft, it’s interesting that it comes at a time where there’s heavy speculation that they’re permanently doing away with their Xbox Live Gold service. It also comes at a time when Microsoft is aiming to boost their subscription base heading into the next generation of consoles, and this “Big Gaming Weekend” offers players a great taster of the value that Xbox Game Pass holds.

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Sam Woods

Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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