After more than 18 years, Microsoft will soon rename Xbox Live. The service will be called Xbox Network. Some of the earliest mention of the name change came from beta testers of the Xbox’s new dashboard, but Microsoft has since confirmed the changes themselves.
In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesman said that “Xbox network” refers to the underlying Xbox network service, which was updated in the Microsoft Services Agreement. The update from ‘Xbox Live’ to ‘Xbox Network’ is intended to separate the underlying service from Xbox Live Gold membership. ”
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This is not the only change Microsoft is bringing to its online services this year. The company briefly considered raising the price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, but after fanfare, the idea was scrapped. Instead, Microsoft went so far in reverse order to say that players do not even have to pay for Xbox Live Gold to play free games online. According to Microsoft, this change is set to take effect sometime “in the coming months.”