Microsoft is rebranding Xbox Live to Xbox Network. This branding was first spotted in the Xbox dashboard recently for beta testers, with clips being uploaded to “Xbox network” instead of Xbox Live. Shortly after it started to circulate the internet, Microsoft confirmed the name change.
In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said “Xbox network’ refers to the underlying Xbox online service, which was updated in the Microsoft Services Agreement. The update from ‘Xbox Live’ to ‘Xbox network’ is intended to distinguish the underlying service from Xbox Live Gold memberships.”
Microsoft has been using Xbox Live to reference their Xbox service since its launch 18 years ago. So this speaks volumes, as Microsoft is willing to change Xbox after sp many years.
Despite the name change, Xbox Live Gold services will be no different than before. You’ll still need it to play online games and the Games with Gold titles will remain the same.