Microsoft has announced that it will offer Gold Xbox Live service for free in China.
The news, however, disappointed some console owners who believe a subscription would enable them to access more content.
The BBC reports that China’s Xbox Gold service is very limited compared with other markets in order to comply with the country’s strict censorship laws.
The free trial was supposed to have ended this week.
China is the only country which has access to a regionally locked-down version of the free online Gold service.
Regular membership in most countries includes: Online multiplayer functions, free online games and discounts on others.
Online games still require government’s approval before they can be launched in China, which means that many are unavailable.