A new Games with Gold January 2019 update is being released next week by Microsoft.

But fans don’t have to wait until then to try out a special Xbox Live Gold bonus.

The tech giant has announced that before they release the final Games with Gold titles for this month, they will also be providing another free bonus.

This includes being able to play Halo 5: Guardians for free over the coming days.

Master Chief fans can now download and play the latest Halo adventure for free on their Xbox One.

Microsoft haven’t provided exact times for how long Halo 5 will be playable for free, only saying that the limited trial will end on Sunday, January 13.

And not only will there be a new free game to play this weekend but the development team have also made it a Double XP event.

“Free Play Days for Halo 5 has begun and will be live throughout the weekend!,” a message from Microsoft confirms.

“Tell your friends to queue up their downloads and jump in to play some Halo 5 for free. We have a solid offering for the players jumping in to test the water, we’ll be leaving Holiday Fiesta and Castle Wars up over the weekend and into next week.

“Oh, and Double XP, yeah – that’s staying on through the weekend too. For those of you keeping track at home, that means that Double XP will have been live for over a month since kicking into effect before the holidays!

“Then next Thursday, as we look to return to our normal rotational cadence, Holiday Fiesta and Castle Wars will come down to make way for Action Sack and Halo 2 BR Slayer.

“We’ll be running Action Sack for three weeks so that we can gather player feedback on the maps and modes in the playlist to assess what might require a refresh. H2 BR Slayer will live for two weeks, so that everything can return to our weekly alternating schedule.”

The good news for fans who are hoping to drop in this weekend is that Halo 5 still has an active community playing it, meaning you won’t struggle to drop into a game.

This free weekend of gaming will be followed by the final releases from the Games with Gold program in January.

This will include WRC 6 FIA World Rally Championship going live for Xbox One gamers on January 16.

Celeste will remain available until the end of the month, while Lara Croft: Guardian of Light will be switched out for Far Cry 2.

Far Cry 2 will be available to download on Xbox 360 and Xbox One until January 31.