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This product is great as it works out cheaper than buying 3 seperate 1 month golds,Here's a tip to get cheaper xbox live buy a one month subscription and after about a week call xbox live support and tell them your not happy with there service or ask for xbox live gold offers and they should give you a discount.
I got 6 months of xbox live gold for £8 which is about 40% or more off, you need xbox live gold to talk to people online and play online games and use social media.
Now you can buy xbox live gold using paypal if you dont have a credit or debit card, But make sure to buy only what you need there no point buying a years worth of live if your only going to use 5 months of it so try to save yourself some money.
With xbox live gold you can downlaod arcade games,indie games which are fan made games and also get demo's of the latest games direct to your console and the best thing ive found out about gold is that you can get games on demand which is the full version of the game and also internet explorer is coming to xbox 360 gold members.
Hello, this is a review about xbox live. Xbox live is a system whereby you can connect your xbox 360 to the internet and play live vs other players. Sadly this is not a free service, so ontop of your internet bills, xbox 360 purchase, and games purchases, you can feel nice and warm paying another 30 pounds or so for 3 months worth of playing online, and even this has problems which i will come to.
Problem 1, as xbox live was also present on the original xbox, the way this works means that you CAN NO LONGER PLAYER ON THE INTERNET ON AN OLD XBOX. This is rubbish, as some awesome games on the original xbox, e.g. counterstrike source, even though there are online servers playing the game, you cannot connect to. The game servers are not owned by microsoft, so it feels doubly unfair that they are charging you to connect to the serve using their system? The same games on a pc, also owned by microsoft are free, so why should you pay to play using xbox? This really ruins the feel of the older xbox.
Problem 2: Poor quality of servers. A lot of games on the 360 never seem to have anyone playing on them. Infact the only games between me and my brother that seem to work are Fifa, CoD, and Halo. Literally no other game server worked. now whether this was an issue with the xbox live, or the fact noone plays these games, i do not know, but you couldnt even find out what the problem was! So literally Xbox live feels like just a way to play those 3 games online, or to play with your friends... who will also need to pay 30 quid a month...
Problem 3: more content... but you have to pay even more! As if around a tenner a month for something that xbox don't even own wasn't extortionate enough, you have to pay to make an avatar. So the idea is you personalise your avatar, kinda like forming a character in an RPG. But on xbox live, not only are the avatars similar to that of the wii, but also they cost money for say jumpers etc. Seriously you go to all the trouble to pay around 200 for a console, then 10 a month for an xbox live subscription, then another 20-30 quid for internet, buy a tv and electricity etc, and they wont even let you customise a fairly poor hologram?
Problem 4: Hackers. Don't think just because this is a paying service you are safe from hackers ruining games. This sadly is not the case. If xbox put some of all that crazy amount of money they are making in making sure that the games weren't full of people just hacking to win the game, then maybe it could be seen as "useful". but sadly in games like cod, you get people who hack so they can just contionously call artillary strikes and so on. Again, this seriously is a poor show, for 30 pounds a month! On the pc i can recommend a load of FREE online games you can download with less hackers than some xbox live servers!
Problem 5: Friend lists chat. Sometimes you want to watch a dvd, or do something like that with friends. But with the unique annoying xbox live system, now people can send you messages as you try to watch/play games you actually went an bought. Ok some people don't mind this, but I find it ruins whatever movie i am in, so for me personally i do not like it.
In summary, xbox live is expensive, worthless, and you would be better off getting a ps3 and connecting for free. most of the servers for most games are dead anyway, and those that are alive normally have tons of hackers and the like on anyway. And at every turn you can feel microsoft looking to make a quick buck
Microsoft offer a few different range gold memberships for access to a strong online service that allows gamers to really interact with each other - play with mates or other gamers around the world, have endless conversations, send messages back and fourth. Simply get this flimsy card scratch off the silver mark to reveal a long winded code, enter it via your xbox 360 (already connected online, to the xbox live network) and you're away. This product doesn't offer much else than that except on certain days/weeks/months, there are often special deals that give gamers a bit more for their money - most of them giving you a couple hundred Microsoft points which act as a currency for most of the services featured online. You can also get this 3 month gold membership by entering your credit card number and paying directly. I would advise against this however as Microsoft store your details and charge you per month when your existing membership ends. This is particularly bad as it is far more costly to purchase per month than to buy a larger subscription. I had a right ordeal trying to stop this 'auto renewal' rule that was hidden away on the xbox guidelines. There is no mention of this 'feature' on the xbox live service, and only through scouring online web pages did I find an answer with a phone number. The official xbox website has since changed this, as their website now has an account section that allows gamers to toggle the auto renewal on/off - an option that was greyed out months ago and only made available by calling up to change it.
I would strongly recommend getting a 12 month membership for around £30-40 as it is cheaper in the long run, offers a better period of time and, providing you don't use a credit card, is a much safer and hassle free way of getting the best for your money and out of your console. For newcomers to Xbox live, I would suggest getting used to their 'Silver' membership which is free and although doesn't allow communication or online multiplayer, still offers downloadable content, film rental and arcade gaming. Unfortunately xbox live is getting worse though. Every year or so, a new compulsory dashboard is released - the most recent being the worst by far. The reason? ADVERTS. Regardless of whether you have a Gold PAID FOR membership or a FREE silver one, you are bombarded by advertising from all sorts of rubbish - mostly apps that have no place on an xbox. Advert boxes are larger than your game icons - in other words, adverts take pride of place all over and you need to plough through several ads just to get to your games/music/videos whatever. There is even a Bing search engine.. why? If gamers have broadband, chances are they have a PC or laptop.
On the other hand, the service does come in very useful now and again. Thanks to optional media updates you can watch personal films and photos from usb memory sticks, you can play music through the television connected to your computer, play 'some' old original xbox games and of course, keep in touch with friends and play games. Problem is, if things get any worse, adverts will interrupt gameplay soon enough.