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Microsoft - Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership

Model: XBOX LIVE 12MO - $59.99SKU: 1272129

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2778 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart Choice for Xbox Live Users

    Posted
    GLM83
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    One of the ways that Microsoft irritates both its customers and its potential customers is by charging a fee to use Xbox Live Gold. While it is frustrating--especially for those of us who are dipping into our income more than we should for something as unnecessary as video games--I do feel that Xbox Live is a terrific service. I would like to believe that the sales of Xbox Live memberships help to make sure that Xbox Live continues to live up to its high standards. While Microsoft is sure to snag lots of money from its customers by selling Xbox Live memberships through the Xbox Live Marketplace (and, subsequently, automatically renewing them when gamers don't necessarily intend to do so), it really pays for Xbox owners to check with major retailers for discounted Xbox Live membership cards. My vote is currently for buying these from Best Buy. Not only can you get the membership for a good deal less than you would pay through the Xbox Live Marketplace, but you can also get rewards points and free shipping to your home. The only downside is that, at the present time, it seems that the brick-and-mortar stores are no longer carrying these memberships for store pick-up. If you are without an Xbox Live Gold membership and you want to get a great bargain, you'll have to wait a week or so while the card ships to you from the warehouse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Value's the Word

    Posted
    silvercloudv2
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    An Xbox Live Gold subscription is all but required to enjoy having an Xbox One, but I never felt like it was something I was pressured into purchasing. On the flipside, I feel like I made an excellent investment, and the payoff is a steady stream of mostly quality (albeit lower-cost) games. The online multiplayer and party chat capabilities are fairly good, although I tend to spend more time with single-player games. If you are after the social experience, buy this. If you're a cheapskate and only buy games once their costs have dropped to gas station prices, buy this. The free game lineup will be worthwhile (you've already missed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Sunset Overdrive, and you can expect upcoming Red Dead Redemption, Batman: Arkham Knight, Forza Motorsport 5) as well as the ever incredible Deals with Gold. In short, get this. I would recommend shopping around to find it for about $40, though, unless you're really desperate for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    customer service is a joke

    Posted
    badbuy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased an xbox live card as a gift, I found out that it was purchased by another gift giver so I brought it back to best buy to get something else. I was told by the customer service rep at best buy that they couldn't give a refund because "the money goes straight to Microsoft so you have to call them for the refund". I called Microsoft which told me that if I bought it through their website they could refund me with no problem, but since it was purchased through best buy, they would have to do it. I called best buy's 800 number to get a rep saying that it's the policy... however, nowhere on the receipt does it state that, but he said it's on the website... I didn't buy it from the website, I bought it in the store. I am extremely dis-satisfied with best buy and have had purchased #on "my best buy" rewards# nearly $1500 from them in the last 2 years... looks like I'll be not buying anymore from best buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It is good, it gives you free games

    Posted
    Shaggy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I started a new relationship with Xbox starting with the recently launched Xbox One. I used to own PS3 and never owned either of PS Plus or Xbox Live memberships. I got this Xbox Live 12 month subscription FREE with my Xbox One bundle purchase during a promotion period. I am glad I did. The Xbox Live is a must for the games who play online a lot. I am not one of those. I like playing Campaigns more. But, the Xbox Live gives you FREE games (indirectly you actually paid for it) which I use. Disappointingly Microsoft's offering of free games like Worms Battlefield and Chariot is not impressive at all. And it will throw off the Xbox Live users like me who are not interested in playing Online multiplayer games. I hope Microsoft is taking a notice and they will do better by offering decent free games and be competitive with Playstation Plus subscription.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced but not worth having an xbox without

    Posted
    Nerdy89
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    I've always thought this subscription was a little overpriced, but at least it is not required for usage of additional paid services as it used to be (like netflix and hulu+). They do give gold members some pretty descend discounts on digital game downloads, but the catch is that digital downloads get tied to your microsoft account and cannot be transferred so if you ever want to sell the system, you can't effectively sell the games with it....a big downside in getting good return out of it. Fortunately for them, its almost not worth having an xbox without the subscription if you actually play games so a little unavoidable to purchase. I am checking "yes" on would you recommend to a friend, however if there was a "mehh" option, I'd use that in a heartbeat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great place to buy gold membership

    Posted
    Mannydog
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    I wented to buy two XBOX live gold memberships for my kids, and I chose best buy over every other vendor.... And nearly everyone including Wally Marts sells this same item. But, best buy has price matching for online comparison. While they wouldn't match the lowest Amazon price because it was a private seller, they did match someone else's online price which saved me some money. Oh, and I went right past other large electronics stores (such as one which rhymes with Dies) to go to best buy solely because of the better customer service at best buy. I knew I wouldn't be returning the gold memberships, but I do prefer interacting with best buy employees more than the other places. Super nice manager... Best price in town... What a deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Needed for all the extra features of your Xbox One

    Posted
    pshankstar
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    If you want to use Netflix, Amazon Video, or any other additional feature your new Xbox One offers, get ready to pay for Xbox Live! I understand if Microsoft wants to have people pay to play online games, but I think its ridiculous they require Xbox Live to use the other features you already have a subscription for. If it wasn't for the online playing I would not have Xbox Live. I already have an Apple TV, Roku Box & Blu-Ray player which I can access all of these features already. I'm sure many already know this, but if not now you do. $60 for a year works out to be $5 a month, so for online play this is not bad. Now I just wish MS would start releasing games for Xbox Live users on the Xbox One, like they do with the 360!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Value

    Posted
    silvercloudv2
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    My membership lets me gamechat with friends even overseas and play online multiplayer, a key factor in games like Star Wars: Battlefront and Dark Souls III. The discounts are excellent, and the shop always has specials. And, of course, the free games! I've received a number of games that I would have purchased anyways (Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment), been introduced to games like Styx: Master of Shadows and Zheros, which I never would have otherwise found, although I love them, and games like Lords of the Fallen and Borderlands (360) that I play and enjoy but never would've purchased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    keeps the xbox alive

    Posted
    rosey52
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    well another year has gone by, and if you do not purchase a xbox live gold card, if your not a big game player and use xbox for other things, it is virtually useless unless you purchase the live gold card, if it werent for the grand kids needing it to play with their friends on line and stuff, I would not bother, for as much as I use it myself it would not be worth it, thank goodness if I search long enough I can find it on sale (usually on best buy.com) I see amazon had it on sale but had already purchased it at best buy .com. I think 59.99 is way to much for it. I will wait to get it on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Necessary Evil

    Posted
    metallicoholic
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I stopped getting Xbox Live about six months ago due to the cost and the fact that I don't play games online typically, but you need it if you're going to own a Xbox One, plain and simple. Microsoft offers several free games a month and discounts on digital content that's only available for Xbox Live gold members and certain games like Destiny or Titanfall can only be played online. It's a shame to have to pay the $60 every year for something I'll hardly use but it's a necessary evil. Besides, there are plenty of deals for $40 or less around the holidays so keep an eye out for that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A absolute need for any Xbox user.

    Posted
    Mike
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    It's the only way that a individual can use the Xbox gaming system, for a full year so you don't need to keep rebuying 3 month cards or 1 month cards, so to me it's completely worth it in that regard, just buy it one time and it's over with for a whole year. No worrying about it cutting out every couple months type of deal. Thus in overall conclusion not only is buying membership to play online needed but the 1 year way is the best way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Best Buy Best deal

    Posted
    MarkB
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    I always buy a prepaid Xbox Live gold card every year. When my Xbox live Gold account was about to expire I got a reminder on my Xbox and offered me a renewal for either $7.99 a month or $8.99 a month (I can't remember) I do remember that it came to round about $100.00 for the year. Yes, $100.00 My girlfriend (on my same Xbox) got a reminder for $5.99 a month (still not a deal.) She told me to wait and check Best Buy and a week later I bought 2 for $39.99 each (cheaper than what they offered me for 1) So I am glad I waited as this was most definitely the best deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent gaming community

    Posted
    Biggbrother
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    I'be been using Xbox Live for quite some time and it has an unsurpassed level of polish in content, community, and interface. Vulgar and unpleasant players are able to downgrade and report. This keeps the community pretty high quality for the most part. Of course there are always bad apples, but they are easy to identify. The major complaint is that services such as Netlix are behind the pay wall requiring this subscription AND a subscription to Netflix. Makes no sense, especially when Netflix is included as a free app on Playstation Network. So that does erode the value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A little pricey...

    Posted
    Astan1124
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    Call me "old school" but I feel the price for this is a little too high. Allow me to clarify, MICROSOFT'S price is too high, this doesn't have anything to do with best buy. This gives you access to the online community on Xbox , it doesn't really give you much, if any extra content. I think Microsoft has PLENTY of user's on Xbox live now and could stand to drop the price of membership now, although it seems they prefer to keep raising the price. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy playing online with friends, I just think it's a little over priced for what you actually get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must-have for Xbox owners

    Posted
    deeke777
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    Xbox LIVE and Xbox go together like hotdogs and baseball. You really have to have it as the service brings a huge smattering of content to players, from multiplayer, party chatting with friends, a massive offering of video and TV content. And games. There are sooi many games. Plus when the holidays roll around there are some HUGE deals...and all Xbox LIVE Gold members get a free game a month the on Xbox One and Xbox 360. So it's a must have for all Xbox owners and you really need it for multiplayer, but the other additions are great extras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Live Gold absolutely essential

    Posted
    db89
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    Do yourself a favor and get an Xbox Live Gold membership. For the price of one new game per year you will get 2 full games per month (yours to keep as long as your membership is active), online connectivity for co-op games, and rotating discounts across the Xbox Store. I primarily play on Nintendo Wii U, but even the limited amount I use the Xbox One, my Live Gold membership is a no-brainer. It is hands-down the best deal in gaming, regardless of whether you are a hard-core or occasional/casual gamer. Get Xbox Live Gold.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must Have!!!

    Posted
    FEEDOGS101
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Xbox Live Gold is your ticket to seemingly endless entertainment possibilities, from unrivaled multiplayer gaming that teams you up with your buddies against adversaries from around the world in blockbuster franchises, such as Halo, Forza Motorsport, Kinect Sports and more to accessing jaw-dropping high-definition movies, TV shows, live events, music and sports. Besides access to a stunning array of content, this Xbox Live Gold Membership offers an exhaustive list of features to tailor your experience to your needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you are not GOLD you are missing out.

    Posted
    LittleJohnPhoto
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    I bought this when I got my X-Box One since it was half off when you buy the console...A deal! As soon as you are a gold member you get free games, you get game discounts. I was skeptical paying for a service like this since I came from the PC realm of Steam and only paying when you had to. But the content that you get by being a Gold member will definitely pay for itself in no time. And if you are buying a console...Yeah pick up the 12 or 24 month! I'll see you guys on-line!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gold has improved.

    Posted
    Rodolfo5501
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    Gold has improved. Competing with PSN's PS+, Microsoft understood they would need to have rewards for their Gold Live customers. And they are beginning to make some headway. Now, like PS+, Gold members will receive great discounts on select games every month, as well as a free game on whatever Xbox you happen to own. If you own both, you can claim both! Highly recommended, even for those not into MP. The free games more than make up what little you have to spend now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Online games are great, free games promo is lame

    Posted
    Skoad
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    I'm comparing this to PS4's PS+. Online games and how Xone handles that are a step above PS4's. The deals though, are fewer and farer between and the "Game with Gold" promo where you get free games per month doesn't hold a candle to PS+'s. I get 2 PS3, 2 Vita, 2 PS4 games free every month, and one of those for the PS4 are almost always a new release. For Xbox's so far it's been 1 for Xbox One and 1 for Xbox 360, and the games have been lame.

    I would recommend this to a friend