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Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Starter Kit

by Microsoft
Xbox 360
Everyone 10+
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews) 5 answered questions

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  • Give your favorite games new life with add-ons such as levels, characters and props.
  • Instantly download HD movies, TV shows and Xbox Live Arcade games .
  • Download full-fledged Xbox 360 Games on Demand and pick up and play Xbox Live Arcade games.
  • 400-Microsoft Points to redeem on Xbox Live

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Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Starter Kit + Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - Glossy Black
Price for both: $104.98

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004CVRAFQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 3 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Everything you need to jump into fun with Xbox LIVE®!

Take your Xbox 360® online for games, HD movies and more
Xbox LIVE is the online service for your Xbox 360. Use Microsoft® Points to rent and buy HD movies or download full Xbox 360 games*. Keep games fresh with new map packs, new songs and workouts. With a Gold membership, play Kinect™ and controller games with friends no matter where they are. Instantly watch HD movies, TV shows and sports, and with Kinect, your voice is the remote control**.

TV is more amazing with Xbox LIVE. There's a huge variety of entertainment to choose from on Xbox LIVE, no matter whether you're in the mood for movies, TV shows or music. Use your voice and Kinect Voice Search, powered by Bing, to discover entertainment options that interest you–just say what you want to watch and Xbox finds it. From popular HD movies and TV shows to the hottest music, you get it all on Xbox LIVE.

What's in the Box

The Xbox LIVE 12-Month Gold Starter Kit contains all the essentials for your Xbox LIVE experience.

  • 12-Month Gold membership: Xbox LIVE Gold is the online subscription for your Xbox 360. Play Kinect™ and controller games online with friends no matter where they are. Instantly watch HD movies, TV shows and sports, and with Kinect, control it with your voice or the wave of your hand**.
  • Xbox 360® Chatpad: Xbox 360 Chatpad: Send text messages to friends on Xbox 360 and easily enter game codes. Plus, update your status with Facebook right on your TV.
  • Xbox 360 Headset: Chat with friends on Xbox LIVE while playing together online or send voice messages to friends right on Xbox 360.
  • 400 Microsoft® Point: Use Microsoft Points to rent and buy HD movies or download full Xbox 360 games. Keep games fresh with new map packs, new songs and workouts.

Xbox LIVE Code Redemption

NOT AN XBOX LIVE MEMBER YET? Follow these steps first before redeeming code:
  1. Connect your Xbox 360 to a broadband Internet connection.
  2. Press the silver/green Xbox Guide Button on the controller.
  3. Select Create Profile & follow instructions to create profile name & avatar.
  4. Select Join Xbox Live & follow instructions to setup your Xbox Live account.
TO REDEEM GOLD MEMBERSHIP CODE:
  1. Sign in to your Xbox LIVE account.
  2. Press the silver/green Xbox Guide Button on the controller
  3. Navigate to Marketplace tab.
  4. Select Redeem Code & enter code.
Codes can also be redeemed at xbox.com/live.

* Broadband Internet, Kinect Sensor and console, games, add-ons and media content all sold separately.
**Additional subscriptions (sold separately) required for some Gold features (such as Netflix and Hulu Plus™). ESPN3 affiliated broadband provider required for ESPN on Xbox LIVE. See xbox.com/live. UFC and YouTube coming fall 2011. Not all Xbox LIVE functionality is Kinect enabled.

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Redeem your points through the Xbox Live Marketplace to crank your favorite games up a notch with add-ons like new characters, levels and more. You can also download HD movies or TV shows for an instant movie night or pick up and play arcade games the whole family will love.

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248 of 279 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Value but Not for Everyone... March 8, 2011
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Allow me to preface this with an apology for the length of this review. This bundle made up of four individual items, and as a result I wrote about them all. If you already know what all the individual items are and just want to know if this bundle is a good value then the simple answer is yes.

While I would like to give this Item a five star rating (for myself, it is a solid 4.5 stars) at best I can give it is a 3 for reasons stated in the descriptions of the items.

For those that want to know more about the individual items and the package itself please read on...

This bundle of item is only as useful as you make it. For myself, It is a great value but for you it may not be. It really depends on your online play style and what you do with it.

As an online gamer I enjoy talking to other players, and I am fairly active on my messaging. Not only that, but I do play online quite regularly, I buy games online, as well as additional content. For me, there is nothing in this bundle that I do not use, so the value is definitely there when compared to buying them separately (all prices are new products, not used).

1 year XBOX live subscription: $60 retail/$40-$50 online XBOX Live Chat Pad: $30 Retail/$20-25 Online XBOX Live Microphone: $20 Retail/$15 Online 400 Microsoft Points: $5 retail/$5 Online

As you can see, at best you are saving $55 off of retail, at worst about $20. And this is where the subjective part comes in. This is only a value if you actually take advantage of everything this has to offer. I can assure you that many people online don't. For those that do, if you can get it for less then $70 (I picked it up at $60) I would highly recommend it.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Simple! July 10, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Everything is plug and play, in every sense of the phrase.
-Points, simply enter the code written on the piece of paper, done!
-Xbox live membership, see prior
-Add your chat pad, just plug it into your controller, done!
-Headset, just plug it into your chat pad or controller, done!

I love the chat pad, it even has a backlit keyboard. No going letter by letter any more. The headset works perfectly, it is not a heavy gaming headset, just a speaker and a mic boom, but all you need. It is nice that it has an on/off switch through. Best of all, I bought this just for the xbox live membership, so the other 3 items were basically free, but all of good quality and things I would have needed to get anyway.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Bundle May 27, 2011
By Neva
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This bundle was awesome! I received 400 microsoft points, which I gave to my son & the keypad is so much easier than trying to use the controler. I love the headset, & for the price of the 12 months with all the extras, you can't beat that with a baseball bat!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exacly what I needed May 21, 2011
By Sam
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I needed to renew my XBL membership, and also needed a new headset so I went with this.

-Little known fact, the chat pad works in the Netflix search field ;)
I was buying this more for the membership, XBL points, and headset and didn't really care about the chat pad, but now that I have it, I don't know how I ever lived without it. It doesn't add much weight to the gamepad, but it adds some length. It looks a little funny at first, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was rather comfortable in the hands.

-The headset is similar to the ones that come with the xbox (might be the same as the ones that come with the new model xboxes) It's kinda cheap, but not terrible, and it gets the job done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xbox Live Starter Kit - Great Combo Deal April 18, 2012
By Phil
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am very happy with this product. This is a great deal for everything you get in this kit. I would recommend, however, purchasing this from Amazon as retail stores are selling this for the full retail price ($74.99).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome deal for the price! January 10, 2012
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
For the price of a one year subscription you get a chat pad and some headphones for free...can't beat that!!! Would highly recommend
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Xbox December 10, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
You pretty much need to have this kit if you have an Xbox and want to do anything online, especially gaming but even Netflix or Hulu. The chatpad makes it much easier to search for players, games, movie titles, etc. than hunting around with the d-pad or stick on the controller. This is the best way to get online with the Xbox for the first time, or even to renew your subscription if you bust your headset or want the chatpad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value. April 23, 2013
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This is honestly a great value for the casual gamer. A one-year subscription to Xbox Live already costs around $50. This starter kit isn't much more expensive and you get a headset and keyboard with it. It also came with 400 Microsoft Points that you can redeem to use on DLC's and other Marketplace purchases. Headset works great - I can hear my friends clearly and vice versa. The mic does have to be pretty close to your mouth for it to pick up your voice though (I just talk normally and have never had to shout). They keyboard works as it should. The keyboard has an input for the headset so you can use them simultaneously.

I've had this product for about a month now and everything is still working fine.
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