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MS confirms free Xbox Live

But it's only for one weekend - when silver members will invade your multiplayer

Microsoft has confirmed earlier reports of a free Xbox Live weekend later this month, 'Xtival 07' which is officially planned from November 23 to 26.

Over the Xtival weekend all Xbox 360 owners with a broadband connection will be able to access Gold account luxuries such as online play.

Additionally, a "full line-up" of Xbox Live events, competitions and exclusive downloads are promised for the weekend.

What's more, it's only open to European countries. No wining, swearing 13-year-old Americans then, hopefully.

"It's great to be able to offer Xbox 360 owners across the region the chance to take part in Xtival '07 for free, sampling all the great features of the Xbox Live Gold service and play against friends new and old alike from the comfort of their living room," said Chris Lewis, Microsoft's VP of E&DD.

Great news for cheapskates then. Perhaps MS might even learn a lesson or two and go PlayStation Network free. Well, we can dream...