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Best cheap Xbox Live deals in October 2021: get the best price for your subscription

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If you're looking to cut some costs from your everyday gaming, cheap Xbox Live deals are an excellent way to save some cash on your online play. Live Gold is necessary for playing online multiplayer, which makes it an essential in today's always online era. However, you don't need to let your subscription roll over, paying full MSRP for each month. We're rounding up all the best Xbox Live Gold deals on both 3 and 12 month subscriptions right here. 

Xbox Live is one of the most important Xbox accessories on the market right now (though you can combine it with Game Pass Ultimate for more savings). Unfortunately, it can also be a bit pricey. With that in mind, we've listed the most tempting cheap Xbox Live deals below. These will work regardless of whether you're using an Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S.

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 your membership has run out entirely. You see, Xbox Live is stackable. That means you can always add it on top of your current subscription, no matter how much you already have in the tank.

Alternatively, you could always grab Ultimate Xbox Game Pass deals instead if you're willing to stretch your budget. In terms of sheer bang for buck, it's arguably better value. Although more expensive, you're getting Xbox Live Gold to go with a library of well over 100 games. Because that library includes any new Xbox-exclusive game, it's well worth considering. 

Either way, we've listed the best cheap Xbox Live deals below, as well as the latest Game Pass subscriptions if you are looking to combine your membership. 

Cheap Xbox Live deals - 12 months

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 offers 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 as well, but you'll normally find better prices via the bigger online retailers.

Cheap Xbox Live deals - 3 months

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. It'll simply stack on top of your 3-month code. So, you could end up with 15 months or more all paid for, taking us well into the Xbox Series X generation... Win!

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

If you're looking to combine your Game Pass with a cheap Xbox Live Gold membership, you've come to the right place. While a more expensive subscription than simply picking up the Live by itself, you are also getting access to, arguably, gaming's best subscription service yet. Game Pass offers up a plethora of free titles with all new exclusive Xbox Series X games heading straight to the service as well. That's a lot of value in one monthly payment. 

Not only is Game Pass Ultimate an excellent subscription in itself, but combined with stacked Xbox Live Gold months you can save some serious cash. That's because Microsoft is currently running a promotion that will offer up your first month of Game Pass Ultimate for just $1. However, the fine print also states that claiming the offer will also convert all your remaining Xbox Live Gold months to Game Pass Ultimate, a far more expensive service, for up to 36 months. 

That means you can stack your Live Gold months for far less than you would Game Pass and convert them all to Ultimate for just an extra dollar. 

Games with Gold

If you pick up an Xbox Live Gold membership (whether it's through these Xbox Live deals or not), you also get to take advantage of the Games with Gold programme. This allows you to download and keep a handful of free games each month.

What are this month's free games, then? We're always keen to see what freebies we're getting, so we've made a list that's regularly updated on our Xbox Games with Gold page. Check it out to see what Xbox is offering this time.

Benjamin Abbott

As one of the site's Hardware Editors, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I've been writing about games in one form or another for almost a decade (with bylines ranging from and PC Gamer to TechRadar), and have worked at GamesRadar+ since 2018. I can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.