PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) free to play on Xbox One this weekend

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) kicked off the battle royale genre's recent success, but if you still haven't had time to give it a shot, you'll get a chance for free this weekend. As part of its latest "Free Play Days" promotion, PUBG and PES 2019 will be free to play for Xbox Live members for the duration of this weekend. Further, Microsoft is extending a hand to those without an Xbox Live Gold membership, allowing them to play online for free throughout the weekend.

You'll be able to hit the ground running in PUBG and PES 2019 starting on November 8, with the whole event set to wrap up on November 11. Each game will be listed for free for Xbox Live members on the Microsoft Store, so all you have to do to get started is navigate to the Store page and hit the download button.

PUBG is the highlight here, as it's the originator of the modern battle royale formula. After getting its start on PC, the game later made its way to Xbox One through the Xbox Game Preview program. The game has since launched in full. And while it appears that the game is gearing up to end its Xbox console exclusivity with a PlayStation 4 launch, Microsoft is making a bid to bring more Xbox players into the fold with this free weekend.

If you want to get a head start on the free weekend, PUBG and PES 2019 appear to be available to download starting today. Once the free days are over, PUBG and PES 2019 are usually available for $30 and $60, respectively.

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