How Much Does an Xbox Network Subscription Cost?

Choose between a free or Gold subscription

With a free Xbox Network account, you can play demos, watch trailers, and download apps from the Xbox Marketplace. With an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can play online and get free games every month.

How Much Is an Xbox Network Subscription?

The basic Xbox Network subscription is free. Anyone can sign up for an Xbox Network account. If you want more perks and features, you'll need to purchase a Gold account subscription.

Accessing the Xbox Network on the original Xbox console is no longer available. To use the Xbox Network, you must have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One as well as a broadband internet service provider.

What Comes With a Free Xbox Network Account?

When you register your Xbox Network account, you'll choose a nickname (called a Gamertag), which is how you will be known to other people in any games you play. You can have friends lists to keep in touch with real-life friends or new people you meet online you like to play with.

The free Xbox Network service gives you access to voice chat as well as the Xbox Marketplace. You can't play most Xbox games online without a Gold subscription, but online multiplayer is available for free-to-play games. You can use all of the various video apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Amazon Prime as well.

That said, you don't need an Xbox game console to take advantage of the Xbox Network. Since Microsoft also makes Windows, your Xbox Network account will automatically integrate with many PC games. That way, you can share your achievements and utilize other social features to interact with fellow gamers.

What Is the Xbox Live Gold Membership?

Xbox Live Gold is a subscription-based service that can be purchased in one month, three month, and one-year periods. Xbox Live Gold subscriptions are $59.99 for 12 months, $24.99 for three months, and $9.99 for one month.

The paid Xbox Live Gold service gives you all of the free level features along with the ability to play games with friends online as well as early access to demos. Gold members also benefit from discounts and free games every month, making the price well worth it for frequent gamers.

An Xbox Live Gold subscription is no longer required to use Party Chat, Looking 4 Groups, and free-to-play multiplayer features.

How to Purchase an Xbox Live Gold Subscription

You don't necessarily need a credit card to sign up for an Xbox Live Gold subscription. You can use one, but you can also buy Xbox Gift Cards or Gold subscription cards at retailers. Purchase a Gold subscription card at a retailer and then enter the code on your Xbox. You can also purchase an Xbox Live Gold subscription from the official Xbox Network website and through your Xbox 360 or Xbox One console.

For security protection, it's better to buy Xbox Gift Cards and Gold Subscription cards at retailers instead of using a credit card online.

Xbox Live Gold Subscriptions on Xbox 360 vs. Xbox One

Your Xbox Network account will work on your Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You'll sign in with the same Gamertag on both systems. The Xbox One has a unique feature in that one Xbox Live Gold subscription applies to all of the profiles on the system, whereas Xbox 360 requires each profile to have a separate Gold subscription to play online.

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