About Xbox Live

What is Xbox Live?

Xbox Live is the online service for Xbox One. Xbox Live Gold is your ticket to the most exciting social entertainment network in the world on Xbox One.

Experience the hottest exclusive games, HD movies and TV shows, live events, music, and sports, along with premiere entertainment apps, Internet Explorer, and Skype on your TV. With Xbox Live Gold, you can stay connected with friends, family, and more than 48 million Xbox Live members around the world.

And your Xbox Live Gold membership extends across Xbox 360 and Xbox One. So if you are already an Xbox Live Gold member, you are good to go.

Here's a sampling of what you can do on Xbox Live:

  • Enjoy unlimited online multiplayer with friends wherever they are
  • Download and play free game demos and full Xbox One games
  • Enjoy exclusive member deals and previews
  • Catch up on movies and TV through Xbox Video and a full lineup of great partner services
  • Watch sports with ESPN, NFL, and other great sports apps, which will be continually added to Xbox One
  • Listen to personalized music with Xbox Music and a growing list of app partners
  • Use your phone or tablet as a second screen for an enhanced game and entertainment experience
  • Explore the web on your TV with Internet Explorer for Xbox
  • Access your cloud game saves wherever you are
  • Use your voice to easily find games, music, movies, and TV shows with Kinect

How do I connect my Xbox One console to Xbox Live?

You can connect your console to Xbox Live with a wired or wireless connection.

  • Wired connection
  • A wired network connection is the fastest and most reliable way to connect to Xbox Live. For a wired connection, you use a network cable to connect your Xbox One console to a router or modem. Here's what you need:

    • A router, gateway, or modem
    • A network cable
    • A high-speed Internet connection, such as cable or DSL

    For more information, see the Xbox Live first-time connection solution.

  • Wireless connection
  • A wireless network connection lets you connect your Xbox One console to Xbox Live without using network cables. This allows you the freedom to move your console further away from your network hardware (the router, gateway, or modem). Your Xbox One console can use your existing wireless network. Here's what you need:

    • A high-speed Internet connection, such as cable or DSL
      Note Satellite and 3G or 4G mobile connections are not recommended because you are likely to experience slow performance or lag.
    • A router, gateway, or wireless access point

    For more information about how to set up your Xbox One console’s network connection, see Xbox Live first-time connection solution.

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