Xbox Live Gold is the premium version of the Xbox network service on the Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. With it, users can not only play games against other people online but also get a few free games each month and early access to game demos.
Users only need one Xbox Live Gold subscription per console on Xbox One, which lets everyone in the family play online multiplayer with their own accounts. In contrast, with the Xbox 360, each account has to have its own subscription.
Play online with Gold. Gaming on Xbox One is better with Xbox Live Gold. (Subscription continues automatically at regular price.) Online multiplayer for free-to-play Xbox games no longer requires a paid subscription.