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The cheapest deals for Xbox Live Gold 12-month subscriptions and more in 2020

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Picking up cheap Xbox Live deals is more than a little handy if you want to go online and play multiplayer; in the vast majority of cases, it's actually a requirement. No Xbox Live Gold? No multiplayer fun (sorry). That in itself makes Xbox Live amongst the most essential Xbox One accessories out there, so a discount on it is always very much appreciated.

In terms of what's on offer for cheap Xbox Live deals, you've got two options: three-month or year-long memberships. We'd generally suggest going for the 12-month variety, as it's better value for money overall. However, that's not to say you should pass on any good three-month offers or wait until you've run out entirely. You see, Xbox Live is stackable. That means you can always add it on top of your current membership, no matter how much you already have.

Alternatively, you could spend a little more and pick up an Ultimate Xbox Game Pass instead for even more goodies. That gets you a whole load of free games like Gears 5, Rage 2, or The Outer Worlds to go along with Xbox Live.

No matter what you choose, don't forget the fact that any subscriber gets free monthly 'Games with Gold'. Because who'd say no to a free game?

To save you having to hunt down a bargain yourself, our team has gathered up as many offers as possible below. Be sure to pop back in every now and then, too. This page is always being updated with new savings.

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Xbox Live Gold 12-month prices

Xbox Live Gold 12 month

Xbox Live Gold 12 month

The best Xbox Live Gold deals always focus on the 12 month cards, and you can usually find a code for about $50 or £45, if you look hard enough. Anything lower than that is an absolute steal, so we'd suggest snapping it up. Sure, you'll likely get cheaper during big retail events, but if you need to renew now, these are the best prices you'll find today. The Microsoft store sometimes has deals on, but you'll normally find better prices via the bigger online retailers.

3-month Xbox Live Gold deals

Xbox Live Gold 3 month

Xbox Live Gold 3 month

Ok, maybe you don't want to commit to a full 12 months of Xbox Live. Grabbing a 3-month subscription does allow you to see whether or not you're going to get real value from the service. And don't forget that you can add 12 months later - if you tried it and liked it - and it'll simply stack on top of your 3-month code. So, you could end up with 15 months all paid for... Win!

Games with Gold

What are this month's free games you get with your Xbox Live Gold membership? We're always keen to see what freebies we're getting each month and we keep a list updated for you over on our Xbox Games with Gold page.

As a staff writer for our Hardware team, Benjamin looks after many of the buying guides, deals, tech reviews, and board game features you’ll see on GamesRadar+. He’s also a tabletop geek with credits that include PC Gamer, Metro.co.uk, and Creative Bloq.