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The cheapest Xbox Live Gold deals and membership prices for June 2022

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A cheap Xbox Live Gold membership can save you a significant amount of money on everything from a short three-month subscription through to a full year of Microsoft's online service.

Xbox Live Gold may not be the most expensive online multiplayer subscription in the industry, but it certainly pays to search around when the time comes to renew - especially if you've just handed over all your money for a new Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. That's why we've brought all the best Xbox Live Gold deals right here with all the lowest prices no matter how much subscription time you want to buy. 

Our advice: don't default to buying your Xbox Live Gold membership through Microsoft. Do that and you'll have to pay the full price, which is now inflated further as you can only get up to three months at a time. Instead, it's very easy to save a good chunk of money if you pick up one of the cheap Xbox Live Gold deals that are regularly available from one of the other retailers below.

We're always on the lookout for the cheapest Xbox Live Gold deals going, so scroll down to find the best prices in your area. If you're in the market for a new console, keep an eye on our hub dedicated to where to buy Xbox Series X for regular news and updates on the latest restocks at all major retailers.

Cheapest Xbox Live Gold deals

We generally find that CDKeys has the best deals for a 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership. However, you'll need to make sure that the Xbox Live Gold membership code will work in your country. Double-check that the region information on the store page is correct before picking one up.

If you'd prefer to go down another route, you can buy from almost all major retailers, though the price is generally stuck at the full RRP. That said, there are sometimes excellent deals around big releases, during holiday seasons and as part of Microsoft's own sales.

12-month Xbox Live Gold deals

The price for a 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership usually sticks pretty closely to $60 / £50, but during sales seasons we've seen it drop by up to a third. CD Keys generally has the best deals at all other times. Just remember to double-check the region information first to ensure the code will work in your country.

6-month Xbox Live Gold deals

The price for six months of Xbox Live Gold tends to sit between $30 - $40 (£25 - £30), which makes it much better value than the shorter subscription if you're in it for the long haul.

3-month Xbox Live Gold deals

We usually see three month Xbox Live Gold memberships going for between $20 and $25 / £15 and £20, so if you spot a price lower than this in our price comparison chart below you know you're getting a good deal.

What do you get with Xbox Live Gold?

The main draw to that Xbox Live Gold price is access to online multiplayer, as it's the only way to play co-operatively or competitively online on Xbox. However, there are other benefits included to sweeten the deal a little, like two free monthly games and exclusive discounts at the Microsoft Store as well.

Is the Xbox Live Gold price worth it?

If you want to play online, you need to grab yourself an Xbox Live Gold subscription to do so. However, if you're not looking for multiplayer, you might be struggling for reasons to pick up a new service. 

One of those reasons may be the Games with Gold program which offers free Xbox titles every month in a similar vein to Sony's own PlayStation Plus offerings. This is included with your Xbox Live Gold membership, so if you regularly find yourself looking for something new to play there are some benefits here. 

Plus, those Xbox Live Gold member discounts will come in handy if you're a regular shopper, so if you're spending a lot on that digital marketplace you may well make back the Xbox Live Gold price overall.

If you're also tempted by the Xbox Game Pass library, you might want to check out the latest Xbox Game Pass deals. You could also think about signing up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: this combines access to the entire Xbox Game Pass library with Xbox Live Gold, offering both services for one simple price. 

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

If you want to combine your Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, you can save with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. On top of your free monthly games courtesy of Live Gold, you'll also get access to the entire Xbox Game Pass library for one price. 

While you can only grab three month memberships at the moment, buying both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass separately through a rolling subscription with Microsoft will set you back $59.94/£44.94 for those three months. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will save you at least $15/£12, and that's before you've even taken a look at the great deals below. 

We'd recommend starting off with the $1/£1 introductory month available through your Xbox console, before cancelling your auto-renew and grabbing one of these amazing discounts. 

What are this month's Xbox Games with Gold?

We've got you covered. Each month we update the list of extensive freebies for the Xbox Live Games with Gold promotion. Why not bookmark the page below to make sure you never miss out?

Are there Xbox Live Gold free trials? 

It is possible to take the online service out for a spin with an Xbox Live Gold free trial. Unfortunately, you're most likely to find these with the purchase of a console, though you might also be able to pick up free trials with peripherals and games over peak shopping seasons like Black Friday.

Xbox Live Gold gift cards

If you're looking for Xbox Live Gold gift cards, you'll be happy to learn you can gift a membership quickly and easily whether you're buying through Microsoft or a third party like CD Keys or Amazon. Many retailers have their own gifting services, in which case you'll just need your recipient's email address. If you don't want to use this service, simply make a note of the code you receive with your order (it will be formatted XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) and pass it on to the recipient. 

You can redeem your Xbox Live Gold gift card directly at Microsoft (opens in new tab)

Is the price of Xbox Live Gold going up?

For a hot minute, the price of Xbox Live Gold was set to increase. However, back in January 2021, that decision was reversed (no less than 24 hours after being initially announced). It seems the backlash was too great for Microsoft to put the price up at that stage.

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.