Gamers who play on Xbox 360, Xbox One, or the all-new Xbox Series X should absolutely purchase an Xbox Live Gold membership. Service membership is a requirement to be able to max out some games, especially those with online multiplayer modes. To save money so your game-buying budget stays unscathed, we’ve scoured the web and gathered all the best Xbox Live Gold sales in one place, including Xbox Live Gold 1 Month, Xbox Live Gold 3 Months, and Xbox 6 month Live Gold subscriptions. You should also check out the 12-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which offers more benefits beyond the Xbox Live Gold membership.
Xbox Live Gold is a required subscription if you want to play online games with Xbox One, Xbox 360, or Xbox Series X. Regularly, an Xbox Live Gold subscription costs $10 per month or $60 per year. Xbox Live Gold also gives members access to additional benefits such as free games every month and discounts on select digital games.
Whether you’re playing solo, with a single friend, or in online co-op with a group of strangers, you need Xbox Live Gold to do it. Your subscription also gives you access to the party system and voice chat so you can communicate with your cohorts while you play.
Every month, Microsoft offers free games to Xbox Live Gold members through its Games with Gold program. These games are only available for a limited time (two weeks or one month) and can be redeemed through the website on your Xbox console. You can then download and keep the game for free. The good news about this feature is that if you let your subscription expire, you get the game back when you renew your subscription, although you can’t play the game while the subscription is inactive.
If you have an Xbox 360 and you have games you purchased through Games with Gold, you don’t have to worry about losing those games if you decide to upgrade to an Xbox One. Microsoft has guaranteed that all Xbox 360 games released through Games with Gold will be playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.
Your Xbox Live Gold membership also includes offers with Gold, which gives subscribers exclusive deals on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox Series X digital games. Deals change weekly, and you can check out current offers on the Deals with Gold website. If you buy a game through Deals with Gold, you are responsible for keeping it, even if your subscription ends or expires.
It should be noted that Xbox Live Gold is different from Xbox Live Silver (now called Xbox Live Free). The free version has limited features that allow you to create a friend list, create a profile and gamertag, preview games, stream video content from the Zune network, download games and add-ons from the Xbox Live Marketplace, send and receive messages with other Xbox Live users in the form of text or voice, and make video calls to your friends using Video Kinect (if you have a Kinect). The glaring difference between the two services other than price is that you can’t play online with Xbox Live Free.
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