You bought an Xbox One to be able to play with your friends but, after starting the established title, you could not start a multi-player game. And now? Feel the desire to play with other members of your group and you wonder how to play online on Xbox One, as you do not have clear the dynamics that allow it.
If this is the case, you should know that to play online on the Microsoft home console you must first of all subscribe to the Xbox Live Gold service and that, secondly, you need an always active Internet connection. Therefore, during this tutorial, I will explain how to purchase a subscription to the service in question from a computer and through the console itself. I will also talk about the alternatives available to you to get the Xbox service dedicated to multiplayer and, finally, I will explain how to connect the console to the Internet, in order to start a multi-player game.
How do you say? Is the topic of interest to you and are you eager to learn more? I can imagine! Okay: sit sitting nice comfortable, take a few minutes of free time and read with the utmost care the directions you will find in the next paragraphs, so as to succeed in the intent you have proposed. Are you ready to start? Yes? Very well! At this point, I have nothing left but to wish you a good read and, above all, a good fun!
Subscribe to an Xbox Live Gold subscription
As I anticipated, you need to sign up for Xbox Live Gold to play online on Xbox One. If you have never heard of it, it is a service with prices starting at $6.99 (1 month subscription) that also allows you to redeem free for free every month free titles for Xbox One and Xbox 360, thanks to the program Games with Gold.
That said, if you do not yet have this subscription, keep reading: in the next lines I will explain how to buy it from a computer, but also how to do it through the Xbox One console. In both cases, you will already have a Microsoft account and have also added a payment method to it.
From a computer
To subscribe to the Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can easily act as a computer, using any browser to browse the Internet. The purchased subscription will automatically be activated on your account, which, of course, must be the same connected to Xbox One.
Then connect to the home page of Xbox Live Gold and, in the screen displayed, press the Login button you can find in the upper right corner. Then log in with the data of your Microsoft account by entering, in the appropriate text fields, the email address and password related to it.
For logged in, click on the button Subscribe now that you can view at the center of the screen, after which, through its pull-down menu, choose whether to buy a subscription for one month at a price of $6.99 or a subscription 12 months, at a price of $59.99.
Now, press the button Join Now, again enter the password of your account Microsoft and press on Login, to verify your identity. At this point, you will be asked to choose the payment method: you can pay by credit or debit card, using your PayPal account or, possibly, through the Microsoft account balance.
If you have not yet entered a valid payment method, select the option you prefer, enter all the billing information required in the subsequent text fields, press Save and finally confirm your purchase intent.
From Xbox One
If you prefer to subscribe to the Xbox Live Gold subscription directly from the console, press the Subscribe Gold tab that you can find on the Xbox One Home screen, so you can be referred to the subscription purchase section.
If you cannot locate the Subscribe Gold box, click on your profile picture at the top left, then select your profile picture from the proposed menu and then press the name of your account. On the next screen, tap on My Subscriptions and locate the Xbox Live Gold panel in the Available Subscriptions section on the right.
Click on the box in question, to be sent back to the screen to purchase an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Then click on the drop-down menu you see on the screen to choose whether to buy the 1 month subscription ($6.99) 3 months ($19.99) or 12 months ($59.99).
After that, press the Join button and select, if you have not already done so, the payment method you prefer, choosing between credit / debit card and PayPal account. Then enter all the billing information required, in order to complete the transaction and purchase the subscription necessary to play online.
Other ways to get an Xbox Live Gold subscription
In addition to the above, you can get a subscription to Xbox Live Gold by purchasing a bundle with the included service or by participating in the Microsoft Rewards Prize program. I will talk about it in detail in the following lines.
Purchase a bundle with Xbox Live Gold included
In some cases, Microsoft makes it available to purchase bundles that typically include a subscription to the Xbox Live Gold service, as well as the Xbox One console and a game or device.
If you are interested in buying this type of packages, I advise you to inform yourself about this type of promotions in the main electronic stores and / or video games. Alternatively, you can search on the popular e-commerce site, to also benefit from offers and discounts.
Participate in Microsoft Rewards
To get a subscription to Xbox Live Gold and play it online on Xbox One, you can also choose to join the Microsoft Rewards point’s collection program: this Microsoft loyalty program, accessible to anyone with an account, allows you to collect points by completing some actions and passing levels. For example at level 1, you get 1 point for every dollar that is spent in the Microsoft Store.
To participate in the Microsoft Rewards program, and start earning the necessary points to get the Xbox Live Gold subscription, connected to the official website of this service and, if you have not already done so, please log in with your data your Microsoft account by pressing the Login button located at the top right.
When logged in, press on your name and then on the item Prizes, which you can find in the relevant drop-down menu. In the next screen, you will be shown the points accumulated so far and, through the Earnings and Activities tabs , you can find out all the methods you need to get points (for example the participation in surveys and quizzes related to Microsoft products and services).
To get an Xbox Live Gold subscription you need 6800 points: if you have accumulated them, press the Redeem tab, click on the Choose Xbox Live Gold box and use the points to redeem the subscription.
Connect Xbox One to the Internet
Once you’ve purchased an Xbox Live Gold subscription, the next step you should take to play online on Xbox One is to connect your console to the Internet.
After starting the Microsoft console, press on your username in the upper left corner and select the gear symbol in the on-screen menu. Then press the Settings item, go to the Network section and select the word Network settings.
After that, press the Configure wireless network item, to connect to the Internet in WiFi, select the name of your home network and enter, if required, the access password provided by your manager.
Alternatively, you can connect the console to the Internet via an Ethernet cable, inserting one end of the same in the door behind the router and the other in the one on the back of the console.
You can easily find an Ethernet cable in major electronics stores or on major e-commerce websites.
Play an online video game on Xbox One
Once you have done all the preliminary steps indicated in the previous chapters, you can finally start a video game and play online with your friends. You will have obviously already downloaded the title of your interest since, at the end of this operation, this will be present in the section my games and apps that you can access by pressing on its icon (the symbol of a console and a controller) that is located on the Home screen.
Then start the title of your interest to start a new game. Keep in mind that if it is an online video game the console must always be connected to the Internet.
In some cases, however, there are single player video games (and therefore can also be played offline) with an additional multiplayer component. In this case, therefore, the activation of the Internet connection is only required from the moment in which, by pressing on the appropriate item, you start a multi-player game.Tags: Xbox One