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About the product
- 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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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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Product DescriptionEverything 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 BoxThe 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 RedemptionNOT AN XBOX LIVE MEMBER YET? Follow these steps first before redeeming code:
- Connect your Xbox 360 to a broadband Internet connection.
- Press the silver/green Xbox Guide Button on the controller.
- Select Create Profile & follow instructions to create profile name & avatar.
- Select Join Xbox Live & follow instructions to setup your Xbox Live account.
- Sign in to your Xbox LIVE account.
- Press the silver/green Xbox Guide Button on the controller
- Navigate to Marketplace tab.
- Select Redeem Code & enter code.
* 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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12 mo Xbox live card: Well it came as described, and the overall value was worth it in this package.
Headset: The worst of the bunch, but if you want to try out VOIP capabilities for the xbox without investing in a fancier wireless headset, this works just fine. It has a mute/unmute button which is useful (for the mic audio only). You can also swivel the mic to and from your face. Speaker quality is passable. The shirt clip is clumsy and takes a while for me to get on every time. I plug it into the chatpad. Another option would be to use a standard headset from a cell phone and plug it into the jack with a 2.5-3.5mm converter, but I doubt the mute capability would work (unless it was an in-line mute function).
The whole package was $49.99 and was well worth the extra $14 above the 12 month Xbox live gold card alone. As a bonus it also came with a 400 Xbox live point card.
Oddly enough, hours of pointless game play with strangers was just what I needed. Hearing some moronic 14 year old yelling obscenities at how poorly I play MW3 so reminded me of my son that I can't get enough. I've found myself making dumb mistakes just so I get yelled at. Do I have a problem? Maybe I need some professional help.
The starter kit does exactly what it says. It gets you online so you can be friended by obnoxious children with nothing better to do but build up experience on video games. Like that will be a good bullet point on a future resume!
The headphones are very basic. I'd suggest getting some nice Turtle Beach ones. The little keypad makes trying to guess some old password you once picked for some WindowsLive account years ago easier but no less frustrating. In the end, using a new email address is much quicker.
But all in all, this is a good purchase. It won't bring back your dead family, but it does give you something to do with all the free time their deaths has given you.
Plus, you can normally get this on sale for lower than the price of a year of XBL gold. Just make sure you get it ahead of time, cause the price seems to jump around on amazon.
Just a warning though, the headset that comes with it works with the chatpad, not the controller. So you have to use the chatpad to use the headset. You cant use the old style headset with the chatpad.