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Xbox LIVE Gold

by Microsoft
Xbox 360, Xbox One
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (766 customer reviews)

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Edition: 12-Month Membership Card
12-Month Membership Card
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  • Engage in competitive online multiplayer matches using the new TrueSkill matchmaking system
  • Tailor your matchmaking via feedback and accomplishments
  • Chat with more than one person at a time
  • Access video chat
  • Take advantage of exclusive privileges and rewards in the Xbox Live Marketplace
  • Xbox Live Gold Membership does have its privileges, and the biggest one of all is the ability to enjoy your Xbox 360 games online
  • Games like Gears of War, G.R.A.W 2, Call of Duty 3, and more let you play hectic matches against dozens of living, breathing opponents from all over the world.

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  • Platform:    Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Edition: 12-Month Membership Card
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B000B5KMSE
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 0.8 x 18.8 cm ; 18 g
  • Release Date: 2 Dec 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (766 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Edition: 12-Month Membership Card

Xbox LIVE is the online service for your Xbox 360. With an Xbox LIVE Gold membership, take your Xbox 360 online to play Kinect and controller games with friends wherever they are. Instantly watch HD movies, TV shows and sports, and with Kinect, your voice is the remote control. Even use your phone or tablet as a second screen to control and interact with what you’re watching. Plus, now you can explore the web on your TV with Internet Explorer for Xbox.

Take your Xbox 360 online to:

  • Rent HD movies and buy TV shows, and with Kinect, your voice is the remote control.
  • Download arcade and full Xbox 360 games.
  • Keep games fresh with new map packs, new songs and workouts.

Xbox LIVE Code Redemption

NOT AN XBOX LIVE MEMBER YET? Follow these steps first before redeeming code:
  1. Connect your Xbox 360 to a broadband Internet connection.
  2. Press the silver/green Xbox Guide Button on the controller.
  3. Select Create Profile & follow instructions to create profile name & avatar.
  4. Select Join Xbox Live & follow instructions to setup your Xbox Live account.
TO REDEEM GOLD MEMBERSHIP CODE:
  1. Sign in to your Xbox LIVE account.
  2. Press the silver/green Xbox Guide Button on the controller
  3. Navigate to Games & Apps tab tab.
  4. Select Redeem Code & enter code.
Codes can also be redeemed at xbox.com/live.

Additional subscription requirements apply for some Xbox LIVE features (such as Zune Music Pass). See xbox.com/live. Broadband internet, games, add-ons and media content sold separately.

What is Xbox LIVE?

Your entertainment. Your way. Get your favourite games, music, movies and more on your TV, tablet and phone.

  • Play Kinect and controller games online with friends
  • Watch TV from Sky, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube and many more
  • Use your phone or tablet as a second screen for an enhanced game and entertainment experience
  • Explore the web on your TV with Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Use Xbox LIVE Points to buy or rent TV shows, movies, and games
  • Download new songs, workouts, levels and maps to keep your games fresh

Windows 8

Xbox is the new way to get great entertainment on Windows 8. Enjoy the latest movies, TV shows, and music on your PC or tablet. You also get access to great games — from the latest hits to your favourite classics. Plus, you can use your tablet as a second screen with your Xbox 360 for an enhanced experience with what you’re watching or playing (compatible devices required). Even start a show on your tablet and flick it to your TV.

Internet Explorer

Explore the web on your TV with Internet Explorer for Xbox. And with Kinect, use your voice to explore your favourite sites. Even use your phone or tablet to type and control your experience.

Video

Xbox Video brings you the latest HD movies and TV shows on your TV, tablet, PC or phone. Rent or buy new movies and classic favourites, or watch episodes of your favourite TV shows (Broadband internet required). And with Xbox Video, start watching right away. Start watching on your Xbox 360, and pick-up where you left off on your tablet. Even download it and take it with you on our Windows Phone.

Music

With a Windows PC or tablet, Xbox Music gives you instant access to millions of songs to stream for free. Select your favourites or create a SmartDJ playlist around the artists you love most. You can purchase songs in the Xbox Music Store or, with an Xbox Music Pass, get unlimited access to music across all your devices, like your PC, tablet, phone, or TV. You can even download music to your personal library for offline listening wherever you are.

Apps

There’s a huge variety of entertainment to choose from on Xbox LIVE, from movies and TV shows to music and more. Use your voice and Kinect Voice Search, powered by Bing, to discover entertainment options that interest you–just say what you want to watch and Xbox finds it. *Please note: Xbox LIVE Gold membership and additional subscriptions and requirements may apply. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country. For additional details, system requirements and term of use, see www.xbox.com/LIVE/features-and-apps



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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XBox Live Cards are still Great 1 May 2011
Edition:12-Month Membership Card
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you're planning to use XBox Live for more than a few months, this is the perfect thing to buy. It obviously gives you a whole year's subscription, and the best thing about buying a twelve month membership card is that you always end up paying about the same price as the equivalent of a six month subscription if you were paying directly to Microsoft monthly.

The only problem I see with these cards is that you need a fair warning before you remove the scratch surface underneath which your subscription code is printed; either the printed code itself or the material it's on can be quite delicate, so you must take care not to scratch too hard or there is a risk of wearing off parts of the code, making it harder to read. I didn't realise this and, after numerous attempts resulting in being told that my code was invalid, I nearly went to contact their customer support before realising that the tail of an "R" had been rubbed off, making it look like a "P".
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223 of 245 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 16 Feb 2006
By G. Lewis VINE VOICE
Edition:12-Month Membership Card|Verified Purchase
Xbox live is probably one of the best things about owning an Xbox 360. The system is so effective that I'd have been happy even if the visual capabilities of the console weren't so good.
So what's so great about Live then? Well, for anyone who's played PC games online, you'll know that you have to create an account for every single one of them, which can be confusing if nothing else. Xbox live allows you to create one account, linked to your hotmail account if you so wish, allowing you to play any compatible game online without having to register every time. Aside from this, Live now allows you to download playable demo's, video's and pictures to your Xbox 360's hard drive. There is also a new thing called "Xbox Live Arcade". This is where you can play some 80's classics and a range of puzzle games.
Live also has a few neat touches that round off the whole experience. You can now have a Gamercard. This is where you can show off how many achievements you've unlocked and how good your online reputation is. Its only a small thing, but it makes a neat package even better.
The Membership card for sale here allows you access to the Online gaming element of Live (the rest is free). If you have Project Gotham 3 or Dead or Alive 4, it is essential. At £32 it works out at £2.60 per month, which is fantastic value for money. If you want to play against other people from around the world, there is no better system.
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133 of 147 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best way to join is through Amazon 20 Nov 2011
By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER
Edition:12-Month Membership Card|Verified Purchase
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
There are a large number of reviews out there of XBox Live Gold written by serious and dedicated gamers of which I am most certainly not one. However, Microsoft are clearly trying to expand the capabilities of the XBox beyond that of the gaming community as the recent changes to the XBox dashboard have shown and which will, I suspect, be greatly enhanced by the forthcoming Dashboard upgrade due in late November 2011. Already we see social networking apps on XBox Live which require Gold membership, the recent Microsoft acquisition Skype is expected to be added as is a Live TV option and more. All this makes the Gold membership rather more enticing to non gamers.

The price for membership whilst not cheap and certainly not as inexpensive as the free alternative offered by rival consoles is not too costly but to buy it online from the XBox website or directly from the XBox itself requires the use, albeit indirectly, of your credit/debit card.

There have been recent and well publicised failures of Microsoft's XBox users security and I for one am reluctant to entrust them with my security details. However, buying from Amazon means that only Amazon have by payment info and armed with the membership redemption number I can then sign up to XBox Live Gold. It other advantage is that Microsoft cannot sneak an auto payment renew option past you.

XBox Live Gold is an increasingly useful purchase but get here through Amazon rather than from Microsoft.
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165 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xbox Live - It's another world 17 May 2010
By C. Buck
Edition:12-Month Membership Card
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
==Introduction==

Xbox live is the name of the Microsofts online service for the Xbox 360. This service gives you access to a vast array of content, some of it free, and some of it at a price.

There are 2 types of membership available, namely Gold and Silver. Silver is a free membership which is available to all Xbox owners. Silver allows you access to most promotional video and feature content via the 360 dashboard but does not allow you to play games online.

So what is so special then about Xbox live? The Playstation Network is free, the Wii gives free access to its limited catalogue of online games and seeing as the Silver Xbox Live is also free, why bother paying what seems like a high amount for the Gold membership. These were my own personal sentiments when I first bought my Xbox. Coming from the Wii, I was horrified when I found out I had to pay to play online, something I had always taken for granted whilst playing Mario Kart, in fact, after my free month of live membership ran out, I didn't sign up for a paid membership straight away. The reason for this wasn't because I didn't like it, but I just wanted to buy a few more games to maximize the use I would get out of it.

==Online play==

The reason probably 99% of people buy the Xbox Live Gold membership is so that they can play online games. This adds another dimension to gaming as no longer do you just have to beat artificially controlled opponents, you can now take on the world and battle against other people who, like yourself, probably think they are pretty good at a particular game. With most of the popular games, you will never have a problem in being paired with an opponent.
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