If you want to enjoy everything the Xbox Series X and Xbox One have to offer, including multiplayer online gaming, you'll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Buying direct from Microsoft isn't always the cheapest, though, especially with so many Black Friday deals on offer.
To lighten the load on your wallet, we've shopped around to score you the cheapest Xbox Live Gold memberships and Game Passes. And with seasonal sales kicking off all over the world, there's plenty of deals flying around.
So, whether you're due to renew your Xbox Live subscription or about to sign up for the first time, don't reach for your bank card until you've checked out the discounts and special offers below.
- Read our full review of the Xbox Series X
Xbox Live Gold benefits
If you want to play all of the top Xbox multiplayer games online, you need an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Without it, you won't be able to enjoy competitive bouts of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or join a 12-player race in Forza Horizon 4.
Xbox Live Gold also gets you two free games a month for Xbox Series X/S, One and 360. The Xbox 360 games are backwards compatible, so you can play them on an Xbox One. Compared to PlayStation Plus, which only gets you two games per month, Xbox Live Gold is seriously-good value.
The benefits also include 'Free Play Days' and up to 75% off in the Microsoft Store, meaning you can pick up some of the hottest add-ons and games at a fraction of their usual price – without leaving your sofa.
When you factor in all the perks, an Xbox Live Gold subscription is a no-brainer – especially if you opt for a 12-month subscription. It means a bigger upfront outlay, but you stand to make some seriously juicy savings over the course of the year.
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Best Xbox Live Gold deals
The best-value way to get Xbox Live Gold is to stump up for a 12 month subscription. Microsoft charges £50 / $60 / AU$80 per year. However, you can also opt to pay £18 for 3 months or £7 for one month.
We're confident we can beat those prices and have shopped around and spotted some serious discounts on Xbox Live Gold memberships...
Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription deals
12-month Xbox Live Gold
£50 £39 at CD Keys (save £11)
Microsoft charges a penny shy of £50 for a yearly Xbox Live Gold subscription, but head over to online retailer CDKeys and you can pocket a nice little saving.
Xbox Live Gold 3-month subscription deals
3-month Xbox Live Gold
£20 £15 at CD Keys (save £5)
Fancy saving up to 20% with a quarterly subscription? CDKeys offers the cheapest 3 month UK membership. (Beware: you might spot the odd 'cheaper' deal online, but many are non-UK physical cards not instant downloads, so cost more when you factor in postage costs.)
Get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for only £1
Right now, you can get your first month of Game Pass Ultimate for just £1 - that's a healthy saving of 91%!
Game Pass Ultimate includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus access to 100+ top-notch games for console, PC and Android devices, plus Xbox Game Studio titles on the day of release, free in-game content and exclusive member discounts.
If you just purchased an Xbox Series X or Series S, it's a no brainer – especially for a quid. (Here's where to buy an Xbox Series X, if you're still on the hunt).
After you've enjoyed the first month for only £1, your Game Pass will auto-renew on a rolling £10.99 per month contract. There's no lock-in contract, so you can cancel at anytime – no pressure.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription deals
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Get 1 month for only £1
Microsoft is offering gamers one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £1! That includes access to 100+ top games. Nab this trial offer while you can – it's the best deal in town. £10.99 a month after the first month. Cancel anytime.
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