When you get an Xbox 360 Live gaming system, it automatically comes with what is called a Silver membership. That gives you the ability to connect the system to the internet and play games as well as chat with others and visit the Marketplace. But most people prefer to upgrade to the Gold membership because of the many extra features they get.
Gold memberships can be paid monthly, quarterly (every 3 months) or annually (every 12 months). Annual, or 12 month, memberships are the most convenient and also the most budget friendly. Depending on where you buy your membership, you can also get a 13th month for free so shop carefully! When you opt for a 12 month membership it will cost you $49.99; this works out to be a little more than $4.15 a month. That’s probably less then the cost of a gaming magazine.
If you don’t want an annual Gold membership you can pay monthly or quarterly. For a monthly membership you will pay $7.99 a month which is nearly twice as much as the annual fee. A quarterly (every 3 months) membership is $19.99, less costly than the monthly but more expensive than the annual fee.
You can get a Xbox live 12 month Gold membership card at any gaming store or sign up for it online at the Xbox Live website. Several online retailers also sell these memberships and if you look carefully you could get an extra month free or a discounted price. It pays to shop around! If you see someone offering a Gold membership at no cost, be sure to read the terms and conditions very carefully so that you are not tricked into buying something you don’t really want.
An Xbox Live Gold 12 month membership subscription gives you many privileges the Silver does not. This includes free access to Netflix’s move and television show library if you are already a member of Netflix. You will also be able to access multiplayer games, have game parties, access special features in the Marketplace and more.
If you wish, you can sign up for your Gold membership using your Xbox 360. The 12 month Gold membership is economical, convenient and adds a lot to your total gaming experience!