What is Xbox Live Gold? | What You Need To Know

Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live GoldIf you have gotten an Xbox video game console recently, you have most likely gotten notifications about Xbox Live Gold. For those who are new to the Xbox consoles, Xbox Live Gold is a paid subscription service for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well as the new Xbox Series X and Series S. Many people already feel bogged down with other subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple Music, and might be wondering if Xbox Live Gold is necessary or worth the money.

A subscription to Xbox Live Gold is probably the one thing that most Xbox owners feel that they can’t do without since the  Xbox has limitations on what you can do with it unless you have a subscription. This might sound like a letdown, but your money is not being wasted. Xbox Live Gold provides great value for the amount you pay. Let’s dive in and review everything you need to know about Xbox Live Gold.

What Do You Get With Xbox Live Gold?

Online Gaming

Xbox Live Gold allows you to connect online with other Xbox owners by offering multiplayer gaming. Not only will you be able to play with your friends and family members, but when they aren’t online the fun doesn’t end, you can have fun competing and playing with other players from around the world.

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Top 5 Gift Ideas for People Who Own a Xbox One in 2021

Top Gifts for Xbox One Owners

Top Gifts for Xbox One OwnersShopping to buy someone a gift for their birthday or during the holidays can be quite stressful. Unless they give you a wish list of things that they want buying that perfect gift can feel like an impossible task.

However, if the person you are shopping for plays video games and you happen to know which gaming system they use this information might provide you with the opportunity to get them the perfect gift.

If the person you are shopping for has an Xbox One there are a multitude of gift options that are available to you. In an effort to help make your shopping easier we have created a list of our top gift ideas for Xbox One owners along with some information and links for each idea so that you can find the perfect one.

Here is Our Countdown of the Top 5 Gifts for Xbox One Owners:

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Best Last Minute Gifts for Gamers in 2020

Last minute shopping panic.

Last minute shopping panic.Maybe you have been busy at work? Maybe you have been attending concerts at school or holiday parties for work. Maybe you have been busy bringing kids to practices or games. Maybe you were just too busy preparing to host a holiday gathering at your house.

Either way, here you are, shopping at the last minute for birthday presents or Christmas gifts.

It might be too late to order some things online and have it delivered in time – especially if they are very popular and are currently out of stock. Either way, you don’t have the time to drive around town fighting crowds, searching for gifts, and standing in line, but what else can you do.

Luckily there are still several things you can get from Amazon if you are shopping for a video game enthusiast.

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Which Xbox One Console Should You Buy? Xbox One X vs Xbox One S. 500GB vs. 1TB & 2TB models.

Updated December 3, 2020

When you are trying to purchase many types of electronics finding the model that meets your needs the best isn’t always a straightforward process. Too often there isn’t a one size fits all option, which leaves you having to sort through all the different available options and features as you figure out which ones are most important to you. Unfortunately, buying an Xbox One console isn’t much different, but we have you covered. Let us help simplify things and lead you through this technological wilderness of video game consoles.

Microsoft made the following versions of the Xbox One console:

Xbox One S 

The Xbox One S was the most popular version of the Xbox console and comes with a 1TB hard drive. Microsoft is still making the Xbox One S. However, you might see some older versions of this console still out there and available for purchase. Over the course of time, the hard drives on Xbox One S consoles came in 500GB, 1TB (current option), and 2TB sizes.

Xbox One S
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Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is an excellent option for people who prefer buying digital copies of their games and would rather not have a bunch of game discs cluttering up their home. With a 1TB hard drive the All-Digital Edition was priced less than the Xbox One S since it didn’t have an included optical drive.  However, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition in 2020. You can still find it available for purchase in new, used, and refurbished options.

Xbox One X


The Xbox One X is the most powerful version of the Xbox One console that Microsoft released and comes with a 1TB hard drive. Unfortunately, Microsoft stopped production on the Xbox One X in 2020. However, the good news is that you can still find buy Xbox One X with new, used, and refurbished options available for purchase.

You will be able to find each of these consoles available for purchase both by itself or as part of a bundle. Other than a couple of extras that might come with some console bundles, each of these consoles come with the same basic accessories to get you up and running. So how can you decide which bundle and which version of the console are best for you or the person you are shopping for? To answer that question we need to cover a couple of the main differences between the different options you will have to choose from.

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Physical Video Game Copies vs. Digital Copies – Which is Better?

In previous years there was only one way to purchase video games. You went to your local store and bought the video game which was on a disc or cartridge.

Now video game systems along with the technology that supports them have advanced to the point where we have another option – Digital Copies. These digital copies are downloaded directly to your video game console and allow you to play the game just as you would with a physical copy of the game.

So what type of copy (physical or digital) should you buy when you purchase your next video game? Is one type better than the other?

Physical copies and digital copies both have their own advantages and drawbacks. So we decided to examine this topic by taking a look at the pros and cons of each option. As part of this examination, we are taking a look at this issue from the perspective of someone who wants to pre-order a video game that hasn’t been released yet.

If you are new to the world of gaming you might not be familiar with the concept of pre-ordering games. You can read more about what pre-ordering of video games is here.

So let’s begin.

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What is the Best Video Game Console for Families?

What is the Best Video Game Console for Families?

What is the Best Gaming System for Kids?Unless they were a gamer themselves, it is doubtful that very many parents have ever said, “What this family really needs is a video game system.” But even if you have never uttered those words your kids probably have. So what video game console is best for families the Playstation 4, Xbox One, or the Nintendo Switch console?

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Top 8 Best Accessories for Your Xbox One

Top Xbox One Accessories

Top Xbox One AccessoriesSo you just bought an Xbox One, or perhaps you gave it as a gift to someone. Either way the shopping isn’t over yet. Now you need to figure out what are the best games to buy. You also need to figure out what accessories you want or need as well.

Regardless of what Xbox One console or bundle you purchased you will have what you need to get started. That being said, there are still going to be some “must have” accessories that most people will want to have, but which ones are best for you?

Our following list of top accessories for Xbox One consoles should help you navigate these waters if you are a new Xbox One owner, or if you want to buy a gift for someone with an Xbox One.

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What Are Video Game Pre-Orders?

New video games are constantly being introduced. Prior to the release of new games, they are promoted in an effort to create excitement and demand much in the same way new movies are promoted.

Similar to how you can purchase tickets ahead of time for a big movie opening you can purchase video games before they are released as well. Purchasing a video game before it is released is called pre-ordering.

If you are excited about an upcoming new video game pre-ordering is a great way to ensure that you will be able to play that game as soon as it is released.

Ways to Pre-Order New Video Games

If you think you are interested in pre-ordering a game you should know that there are two ways to do it.

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Which Video Game Consoles are Backwards Compatible? Compare Wii U, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

There has been a lot of talk lately about backward compatibility with video game consoles. So what does it mean when a video game system is backward compatible and how does backward compatibility impact which of the big three video game consoles (Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4) you should buy.

What does it mean if a video game console is backward compatible?

If a video game console is backward compatible it can play video games that were developed for the previous version of that console.

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