Microsoft has decided to abolish Xbox Live’s name – the network service on Redmond-based consoles is now called the Xbox network. The previous nomenclature has been used since 2002.
“Xbox Network” refers to the foundations of the network service, as we already noted in the update of the Microsoft Services Agreement. The move away from “Xbox Live” is expected to help distinguish this core service from an Xbox Live Gold subscription, a Microsoft representative said in a statement to The Verge.
Gold is a subscription service similar to PlayStation Plus, offering several downloadable games every month and allowing you to use online modes in many multiplayer games. At the beginning of the year, Microsoft raised the subscription price and later backed out of the controversial decision.
Live Gold is not required for players to have fun in Free to Play productions as with the Sony service.