Over the last few days (in particular) you may have noticed images popping up on social media threads with ‘Xbox network’ being displayed instead of the traditional ‘Xbox Live’ moniker we’ve come to expect. According to The Verge, these images were posted by Beta testers who noticed the new branding on the Xbox Dashboard when uploading clips. People started to suspect that Xbox was changing the name of Xbox Live and yesterday the change was confirmed. A Microsoft spokesperson said the following in a statement to The Verge:
“ ’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.”
I find it kinda hilarious that Microsoft felt the need to distinguish Xbox Live versus the Xbox Live Gold when they’re also the company that’s given us the One X, One S, One SAD Edition and then decided that the new generation of systems would be called the Series X & Series S. All without worrying about any confusion those names might cause.