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Despite being a paid service in a sea of free alternatives, Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE remains the most popular online hub of all the high-end consoles. At $60 for a year’s service, it offers fairly good value for money, and for a very limited time, you can get a twelve-month subscription for just $35.

Xbox LIVE is a free service to sign up to and use, but with limitations. To get a substantial level of enjoyment – such as online multiplayer – one needs the Gold service, and if you’ve always been off-put by the fact you’ve to part with sixty bucks, now would be a good time for you to sign up on the cheap.

With all said and done, $5 per month is certainly not excessive, but everybody likes a good deal. Talk of the next-generation Xbox console has been rife for well over a year now, and having seen  Microsoft push frequent deals out in an attempt to get the 360 into as many living rooms its possible, the $35 offer over at Buy.com is one of the best we’ve seen.

I know many Xbox owners who’ve let their console collect dust purely because they haven’t bothered to renew their LIVE Gold membership, but at almost half the price right now, it would be foolish to overlook such an opportunity. Whether you’re a Call of Duty fanatic or FIFA addict, the experience is infinitely enhanced through online multiplayer, so if you’ve been looking for a legitimate excuse to fire up your Xbox 360 once more, this is most certainly it.

There’s no telling how long this deal is going to run for, so if you do wish to take advantage, it’s recommended you do so sooner rather than later. Even if you are currently subscribed or already in the middle of your Xbox LIVE Gold term, why not purchase another code at this discounted rate, to cover yourself for the twelve months thereafter?

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Deals on 12 month subscriptions are few and far between, and if you’re an avid gamer, it would make little sense to ignore the ridiculously low price. Sure, PlayStation Network users will argue that Sony’s service is free, but there’s a reason why the Redmond company’s service is far more popular, despite the costings.

(via Gizmodo)

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