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Dennis

Joined: Jan 27, 2005

"We are made of starstuff. ― Carl Sagan


Posted: Jun 14, 2007 01:38 PM    Msg. 1 of 17       
Description of Silver and Gold memberships for Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows LIVE
Article ID : 937425
Last Review : May 31, 2007
Revision : 3.1
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937425

SUMMARY
This article describes the Gold memberships and Silver memberships for Xbox LIVE and for Games for Windows LIVE. It also explains the differences between them.

MORE INFORMATION
A membership for Xbox LIVE is also a membership for Games for Windows LIVE.

Two tiers of membership are available for Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360. The Xbox LIVE Silver membership is a free membership. Through the Silver membership, all Xbox 360 customers and all Games for Windows LIVE members have access to some aspects of the Xbox LIVE service and of the Games for Windows LIVE service.

The Xbox LIVE Gold membership is a paid service that gives customers unlimited access to multiplayer online game-play. The Gold membership resembles the original Xbox LIVE paid service.

The Xbox LIVE Silver membership includes access to the following features:

  • Use of gamertags

  • A full friends list

  • Family settings and parental controls

  • Voice chat

  • Messages center and the ability to receive different kinds of messages, such as text, voice, video, "invites," and alerts

  • Ability to send text-based messages, voice messages, and "friends" requests

  • Marketplace and all downloadable content in Xbox LIVE Marketplace
    Note This feature is currently not available in Games for Windows LIVE games.

  • Ability to track all gamer profile stats and data online and offline through the console

  • Ability to customize and view your own profile

  • Ability to compare stats with other Xbox LIVE subscribers regardless of membership tier by using the Xbox 360 console
    Note This feature is currently not available in Games for Windows LIVE games.

  • Limited access to profiles and stats through the Xbox.com Web site

  • All metadata services, such as the Compact Disc Database (CDDB) and All Music Guide (AMG) databases

  • Access to special game-play promotions, such as 48-hour weekends

  • Play in massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG)
    Note This feature requires a separate paid subscription.


The Xbox LIVE Gold membership also includes the following features:

  • All Silver membership features that are listed earlier in this article

  • Online multiplayer gaming

  • Online multiplayer gaming with video chat, when the game supports this feature

  • Online multiplayer gaming of backward-compatible approved games

  • All matchmaking and feedback functionality

  • All video camera features, such as video chat and video messaging, when the game supports this feature

  • Full friends list management through the Xbox console and through a computer at Xbox.com.
    Note This includes management of all stats and achievements.



Dennis

Joined: Jan 27, 2005

"We are made of starstuff. ― Carl Sagan


Posted: Aug 7, 2007 08:04 PM    Msg. 2 of 17       
Quote: --- Original message by: E3pO
do you have to have gold to play over lan? Can you even play over lan?
No you don;t need a gold account to play multiplayer over a lan or even on the internet.


Caboose117
Joined: Jul 23, 2006

Seriously guys?


Posted: Sep 8, 2007 05:20 PM    Msg. 3 of 17       
It has it, if you have a wired 360 controller....


Dennis

Joined: Jan 27, 2005

"We are made of starstuff. ― Carl Sagan


Posted: Sep 8, 2007 05:42 PM    Msg. 4 of 17       
Quote: --- Original message by: zorc
what about voice chat?
im asking this cos some kid i spoke to on xfire told me he had h2v and that it had no voice chat.
Why are you taking the word of "some kid" when you can just go to the Halo 2 Vista website and look it up?

http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo2/default.aspx

Click the multiplayer option.


Dennis

Joined: Jan 27, 2005

"We are made of starstuff. ― Carl Sagan


Posted: Sep 9, 2007 01:30 PM    Msg. 5 of 17       
Quote: --- Original message by: zorc perhaps it would be a good idea if you taught it to tell the difference between a joke and actual rudeness. feel free to ban me whenever you want
Done.


Caboose117
Joined: Jul 23, 2006

Seriously guys?


Posted: Sep 9, 2007 03:10 PM    Msg. 6 of 17       
Wow.... Never seen anyone ask to get banned literally....


Flash44x
Joined: Jan 3, 2007

What would you have your arbiter do?


Posted: Sep 24, 2007 12:34 PM    Msg. 7 of 17       
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Edited by Flash44x on Sep 2, 2014 at 08:14 AM


Flash44x
Joined: Jan 3, 2007

What would you have your arbiter do?


Posted: Oct 4, 2007 11:33 AM    Msg. 8 of 17       
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Edited by Flash44x on Sep 2, 2014 at 08:14 AM


MF Boom
Joined: Mar 5, 2007

I am the bone of my sword...


Posted: Oct 18, 2007 01:13 AM    Msg. 9 of 17       
Quote: --- Original message by: Dennis
Quote: --- Original message by: E3pO
do you have to have gold to play over lan? Can you even play over lan?
No you don;t need a gold account to play multiplayer over a lan or even on the internet.

Question, then. Do you require a Gold account on Xbox Live to play over the internet, or can you play online even with Silver like in Windows Live?

This is one of the differences I was sure of, is that Xbox Live Gold is required for online play, whereas Windows Live Silver is all that's necessary for it.


Caboose117
Joined: Jul 23, 2006

Seriously guys?


Posted: Oct 18, 2007 09:37 PM    Msg. 10 of 17       
I thought it was Gold for online play, but I distinctly remember my cousins friends friend (yes i know, stupidly long) had a silver account, but was playing teh Rainbow Six Vegas Demo with us.... Being party leader... And pwning me... By betrayal...


Caboose117
Joined: Jul 23, 2006

Seriously guys?


Posted: Oct 20, 2007 10:56 PM    Msg. 11 of 17       
Quote: --- Original message by: Sgt Stacker
Gold gives you advantages like achievements and stuff, and you can also make online servers, silver is the cheap ripoff version which only allows you to join dedicated servers and no achievements and stuff


Which explains my friend playing the demo with us.. Only dedicated servers... No custom games... Although that is an Xbox....


supersniper
Joined: Jul 28, 2007

fear the sniper


Posted: Jul 23, 2008 01:41 PM    Msg. 12 of 17       
Dennis this sticky is no longer needed as to not GFWL is totally free...


fatipedia
Joined: Nov 3, 2008

Fat is your inner soul


Posted: Dec 14, 2008 02:33 AM    Msg. 13 of 17       
do you need silver to play over LAN or do you not need it.


ChocolateNugget
Joined: Sep 29, 2007

im your #1 fan !!


Posted: Dec 14, 2008 04:17 PM    Msg. 14 of 17       
Windows Live is free now.


DarkHalo003
Joined: Mar 10, 2008

All ARs Need Green Little Buttons.


Posted: Nov 25, 2011 02:47 AM    Msg. 15 of 17       
Does H2PC Multiplayer still cost Gold to play? Reason asking is because Multiplayer for Bioshock 2 is free for Silver users.


beazt
Joined: May 12, 2010


Posted: Nov 25, 2011 09:16 AM    Msg. 16 of 17       
No, It has been free for years now. I'm not 100 % sure but I think all GFWL games can be played online with silver memberships.


Shock120
Joined: Jun 12, 2009

Valve ftw


Posted: Nov 26, 2011 09:23 AM    Msg. 17 of 17       
Delete/Edit Sticky please.

 

 
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