Dirt 5: free trial for the weekend on Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate

Dirt 5: free trial for the weekend on Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate

Dirt 5

Dirt 5, the driving game from Codemasters, is available as a free trial on Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One this weekend. Precisely, to be able to try it you must be subscribed to Live Gold, which is also included within the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The game features off-road racing with more than 70 unique courses that include multiple types of climates and road conditions.

Dirt 5, as mentioned, is developed by Codemasters. The European company was recently bought by Electronic Arts, after a "fight" for the latest offer with Take-Two Interactive. Electronic Arts has therefore secured a top tier developer for driving games.

Dirt 5 is available as a free trial for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Xbox Game Pass players, however, do not need this free trial as the game is available as part of the subscription in full form. On Xbox Series X | S, Dirt 5 also performs better. The game also includes the free PlayGround update to create your own routes to then share online with other players.

Obviously, Dirt 5 is also available on PC, PS4 and PS5, but this trial version is dedicated exclusively to Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One. In case you missed it, we also remind you that the graphics problems of the Xbox Series X version have been corrected.

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Xbox Live and Game Pass Ultimate subs can play Dirt 5 and Rainbow Six Siege free for a limited time

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The latest Xbox Free Play Days event is now underway, letting Xbox Live Gold (and Game Pass Ultimate) subscribers try Dirt 5 and Rainbow Six Siege on the house. 

The full versions of both games are now available for free to active Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and any progress you earn during the event – including achievements and Gamerscore – will carry over if you decide to buy either of them. Dirt 5 is still fairly new so it's sitting at $59.99, but Rainbow Six Siege happens to be on sale right now, with the standard edition available for just $9.99 at 75% off. 

Dirt 5 will be free to play until Sunday, March 21 at 11:59pm PT / 2:59am ET / 6:59am BT, but Rainbow Six Siege will stick around a bit longer until Wednesday, March 24 at the same times. You can download and install the games via the Microsoft store on PC, and through the subscriptions tab of the Xbox Store on console. 

Rainbow Six Siege is a 5v5 objective-based shooter, and a frequent Xbox Free Play Days participant. Last month, Ubisoft outlined an extensive list of content planned for the game's sixth year, including multiple expansions and yet more quality of life improvements. 

Dirt 5, meanwhile, is the latest in Codemasters' off-road racing franchise. As we learned in a chat with Troy Baker, who plays protagonist Alex 'AJ' Janicek, it's got a surprisingly fleshed-out story, though the focus is still squarely on cars that go fast. 

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