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Xbox Live GOLD membership for 12 months!
on 16 December 2014
A bit of background info for you first...
Buying membership directly through your console using a credit/debit card is the most expensive way to pay for Xbox Live membership, Often it is full price at £39.99 for 12 months. If it's ever discounted then it usually comes with the caveat that you have to automatically renew the year after at full price. Be warned trying to get Xbox/ Microsoft to stop the second years payment and to remove your card details is one of the hardest things to do and i learnt that the hard way, so the best advise i can give is to avoid the direct payment through your console altogether!
Finally onto this product, for the past several years i have only ever renewed my subscription with a pre-paid code. WHY? They are usually cheaper and give me the security that Microsoft doesn't have my card details. First thing to note is that the price to renew your membership or indeed create a new one isn't as heavily discounted as much as it use to be. A year ago i managed to purchase 12 months membership from Amazon for £28 so that shows you how much these voucher codes have gone up in price. Today as i write this the standard price across the internet seems to be £35 for 12 months and i would strongly advise you pay no more than that, if you see it dearer then it has been hiked simply for the Christmas buying season!!!
This is NOT a digital code whereby they E-mail it to you, this comes on a card via the post to which you scratch off the silver on the back to reveal a code to type into your console (can also be redeemed through Xbox.com if you have set your account up)
Literally once you type the code in and confirm it your account linked to your "Gamer tag" is instantly credited with 12 months of Gold Membership which allows you to play online, chat with friends and indeed use many other services. This works for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One and you only need the one membership for both consoles.
Pros: At £2.91 a month you will struggle to find it cheaper anywhere else on the internet (certainly at time of writing this) * Very easy to redeem the code
Cons: It's no coincidence Gold membership has gone up in price, it went up around the time the Xbox One launched but it also seems to go up around Christmas time
VERDICT: If you own an Xbox 360 or Xbox One console then you will know that GOLD membership is mandatory to play online. At £35 it's cheaper than buying direct and gives you peace of mind that Microsoft don't have your card details. Beware of sellers charging a premium (and indeed the price on Amazon seems to jump up and down), pay no more than £35 and you will have a good deal!!