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What does Xbox Live Gold membership entail?

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As of 2015, an Xbox Live Gold membership enables online multiplayer, free games with Games with Gold, discounts with Deals with Gold, Parties and Party Chat for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold membership also includes Smart Match and Home Gold.

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What does Xbox Live Gold membership entail?
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Xbox offers three membership options of Xbox Live Gold as of 2015: for one month, three or 12 months, with a sliding pricing scale. Xbox Live Gold membership benefits include free games, improved multiplayer features and discounts from 15 to 75 percent to use in Xbox store. Netflix, Skype and YouTube are available on Xbox without Xbox Live Gold membership.

Xbox Live Gold membership offers high-quality game experiences on Halo and Titanfall, which is powered by 300,000 servers and a cloud-hosted system. Xbox claims that this eradicates the possibility of lag and cheating. Xbox One has an additional feature of Smart Match, which uses algorithms to match players with similar playing skills and styles.

On Xbox One, Home Gold allows users to share their free games with people at home and use the multiplayer feature with them. An Xbox Live Gold member can check the status of his membership pack in a special area on his Xbox. In there, all free games, deals and discounts are displayed and new downloads appear.

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