How to Use an XBox Live Gold Membership
By Ryan Spaulding
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
Xbox Live Memory Device (hard drive or memory unit)
Xbox Live Gold membership card (optional)
Microsoft Points card (optional)
Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game system provides online services of Xbox Live and Xbox Live Marketplace for those who sign up for an Xbox Live Gold membership. Xbox Live and Xbox Live Marketplace allow players to not only enjoy online gameplay with other players, but also to download music and video; rent and watch movies and television shows; and even purchase video games.
Setting Up an Xbox Live Gold Account
Select your gamer profile and go to "My Xbox."
Choose the "Join Xbox Live" option.
Click "Sign Me Up."
Enter a valid email address.
Enter a password, then confirm the password by typing it in again.
Select a question from the list, then enter the answer you would use.
Enter your birth date and choose "Continue."
Choose one of the three Gold subscription plans available if you plan to use a credit card. If you have an Xbox Live Gold membership card, choose the "I have a subscription card" option. Click "Continue" after you choose your membership details.
Enter your first name, last name and phone number and click "Continue."
Choose whether you want any Xbox spam mail sent to your email address.
Choose whether you want "Recreation," "Pro," "Family" or "Underground" as your "Gamer Zone."
Click "Continue" to verify your information.
Click "Continue" and create a gamertag.
Click "Continue" to send your information to Xbox.
Choose whether to use your "Avatar" for your gamer picture.
Benefiting From Xbox Live Gold
Insert an Xbox 360 video game with Xbox Live compatibility in your console. Select the online multiplayer option for the game and play with or against other Xbox Live Gold members.
Select the Game Marketplace tab to browse through downloadable video games, demos, videos and add-ons. A lot of Game Marketplace content is free to download, but for most of it you must use Microsoft Points (Xbox's online currency) to purchase these items. You do need adequate space on your Xbox 360 hard drive or memory unit to accommodate these downloads.
Download applications, including Facebook, Twitter, Zune and Last.fm.
Scan through current Xbox 360 news involving video games, Xbox Live community updates and exclusive offers.
Customize your Xbox Live experience by altering your gamertag's Avatar, dashboard, and gamer pic.
Ryan Spaulding is a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in film and video production and an associate's in journalism. He was a writer and editor for Alpena Community College's monthly newspaper, The Lumberjack. He has also been published in The Alpena News, a daily newspaper.