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Best Xbox Live Gold deals 2022: cheapest subscription prices

Best Xbox Live Gold deals 2022
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Looking for 2022's best Xbox Live Gold deals? We've got you covered. Microsoft charges $10 per month or $25 per quarter – but why pay that when you can find it much cheaper elsewhere?

We'll explain all the benefits Xbox Live Gold membership below, but suffice to say it's essential if you want to make the most of your Xbox Series X or Series S. (Here's where to find Xbox Series X stock, if you're struggling).

As for the lowest prices on a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription, we've listed the best Xbox Live Gold deals below. We've also spotted some sweet savings on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which provides access to 100+ games for one monthly fee.

Read on for where to find the biggest Xbox Live Gold discounts in the US, and let the price-busting commence!

Xbox Live Gold benefits

If you want to get stuck into free-to-play Xbox multiplayer games such as Call of Duty, Fortnite and Far Cry 6, you'll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription. 

Xbox Live Gold also gets you two free games a month for Xbox Series X, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The 360 games are backward compatible, so you can play them on an Xbox One. Over the course of a year, Microsoft says members get up to $700 in free games. Pretty tempting, right? 

And the benefits don't end there. Xbox Live Gold members get up to 75% off games in the Xbox Store and are always first in line to download new games on the day they hit stores. Best of all, you won't even need to leave the couch.

The other major perk is that your digital games are stored in the cloud, so you can download them to your hard drive, or log into your account to a buddy's Xbox and download your games there. 

In other words, an Xbox Live Gold subscription is essential if you want to squeeze maximum enjoyment out of your Xbox Series X, Xbox One or 360, so it's well worth having at your disposal. Especially at these prices.

Best Xbox Live Gold deals 2022

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Best Xbox Live Gold deals in the US

If you don't want to commit, Microsoft will sell you a 1-month Xbox Live Gold subscription for $9.99. The membership renews at that monthly price unless you cancel it. That's a hefty $120 annually.   

The best-value way to get Xbox Live Gold directly from Microsoft is to pay quarterly. The company charges $24.99 for a 3-month membership. That cuts the cost down to under $100 per year.

You can save even more with a 6- or 12-month membership. Microsoft no longer sells them direct to US gamers, to encourage Xbox Live Gold members to upgrade to Game Pass Ultimate, but they're still available from Amazon and CD Keys. They're awesome value right now...

Xbox Live Gold 12-month subscription deals

12months Xbox Live Gold $59 at CD Keys

12months Xbox Live Gold $59 at CD Keys
Click over to online retailer CDKeys and you can secure a 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership for just under $60. That's a huge saving of $40 off Microsoft's quarterly subscription.

Xbox Live Gold 6 month subscription deals

6-month Xbox Live Gold subscription $39.99 at Amazon

6-month Xbox Live Gold subscription $39.99 at Amazon
Fancy a 6-month subscription? You can pay just thirty bucks for it at Amazon.com, saving you $10 off Microsoft's regular quarterly subscription, or $20 off a monthly subscription.

Xbox Live Gold 3-month subscription deals

3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription

3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription $27 $21 at CDKeys
The generous folk at CD Keys have dropped the price of a 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription once again. It's a few bucks cheaper than Microsoft's price – enough for a couple of scoops of ice cream.

Get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for only $1

Best Xbox Live Gold deals 2022

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Want to level up your online gaming? Consider stepping up to the Xbox Game Pass. It gets you all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold membership plus access to over 100 awesome games, which can be played on Xbox, PC and Android mobile devices.

Here's the best bit: you can get your first month of Game Pass for just $1. That's a massive 93% saving!

After that, it'll auto-renew at the regular price of $14.99 per month but it can be cancelled at any time – there's no contract to worry about. 

Already used up Microsoft's $1 GamePass trial? Here's how to save more money over the next three months...  

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Tom has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Men's Health, ShortList, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include mobile tech, electric cars and video streaming.