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Xbox Live Gold is the premium version of the Xbox Live service on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. With it, users can not only play games against other people online but also get a few free games each month and early access to game demos.

Users only need one Xbox Live Gold subscription per console on Xbox One, which lets everyone in the family play online multiplayer with their own accounts. In contrast, with the Xbox 360, each account has to have its own subscription.


Features that are included in a Gold subscription include the ability to do online multiplayer, matchmaking/smartmatch, have private chats, party chat and in-game voice communication. Other features, such as game recording and media sharing are also included in a Gold membership. Similarly, ordinary Xbox Live members can download and access the Twitch live streaming application, but in order to broadcast gameplay of one's own, a Gold subscription is necessary. Free-to-play titles also remain behind a paywall. Subscribers are benefited with space "in the cloud" for storing files. Players are also granted early or exclusive access to betas for games, special offers and discounts on select games, Games with Gold, and Video Kinect.

Games with Gold

See also: List of Games with Gold

Games with Gold is a program in which digital downloads of games are offered at no charge to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Games with Gold originally launched for the Xbox 360 in July 2013, while the feature was added for Xbox One in June 2014. 

Xbox 360 subscribers receives a game twice per month, while Xbox One subscribers receives two games once per month. Games downloaded through the program on Xbox 360 are free to own with no further restrictions. Xbox One Games with Gold titles require active Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to use, and become locked and unplayable if the subscription lapses.

As of November 2015, all Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 are available through backwards compatibility on Xbox One.