Microsoft is relocating Xbox Live to the Xbox network. Instances of the new brand began appearing on the Xbox Dashboard recently for beta testers, with clips being uploaded to “Xbox Networks” instead of Xbox Live. Microsoft has now confirmed the name change.
“‘Xbox network’ refers to the underlying Xbox online service, which was updated in the Microsoft Services Agreement,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement. The Verge. “The update from ‘Xbox Live’ to ‘Xbox Network’ is intended to separate the underlying service from Xbox Live Gold membership.”
Microsoft has been using Xbox Live to refer to the underlying Xbox service since its original launch 18 years ago. Larry Hryb, better known as Major Nelson, has been known as “Xbox Live’s Major Nelson” for years, but Hryb now refers to himself as “Xbox’s Major Nelson.”
Name change tips originally appeared in August, after Microsoft updated the service agreement. At the time, Microsoft said it was not renaming the service and had no plans to discontinue Xbox Live Gold. Instead, Microsoft announced a price increase for Xbox Live Gold that the company was forced to quickly reverse.
Microsoft is now planning to release the subscription requirement for free games on the Xbox network in the coming months. Play as Fortnite will no longer claim Xbox Live Gold as a result, but Microsoft has not yet confirmed exactly when the payment wall will be removed.