The basic benefits of an Xbox Live Gold Account include free games, discounts of up to 75% on games from the Xbox store, and advanced multiplayer options. An Xbox Live Gold account also allows gamers to share their gaming moments with other Xbox members or on social media.
Xbox Live Gold also allows users to broadcast multiplayer duels in real time using Twitch, save favorite moments to the cloud, and share clips with Twitter followers through Upload Studio. The "New Friends" section allows gamers to see what games their friends are playing and view friends' Gamerscores from the past 30 days. A single XBox Live Gold membership allows all gamers in a household to use multiplayer mode and to share their free Gold games.
For Xbox One owners, the benefits are even greater. A cloud-hosted multiplayer network allows gamers to play the most popular games on a 300,000-server network, delivering maximum performance that helps eliminate lag and cheating. The SmartMatch feature, which is only available for XBox One, uses algorithms to help gamers find challengers who are on the same skill level and have a similar gaming style. Instead of waiting for the system to find a match, gamers can play another game, watch TV or listen to music while the system searches. Once the system finds a match, it sends an alert, and gamers can jump right in and begin playing.