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Xbox Live Has Been Rebranded As Xbox Network

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After "Xbox Network" had appeared on parts of the console dashboard over the weekend, Microsoft has confirmed that it is rebranding its Xbox Live service.

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As per The Verge, Microsoft issued a statement confirming the name change.

“Xbox network’ refers to the underlying Xbox online service, which was updated to the Microsoft Service Agreement,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

“The update from ‘Xbox Live’ to ‘Xbox network’ is intended to distinguish the underlying service from Xbox Live Gold memberships.”

Xbox Live Has Been Rebranded As Xbox Network

Xbox Live Gold is still purchasable but is not required for online play in free-to-play titles. Game Pass Ultimate will still include Xbox Network access, too.

With Microsoft's online subscription changing its name, we don't yet know if anything further will change.

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The rebrand aside, it's been a busy few weeks for Microsoft.

Not only did the company finalise the acquisition of Bethesda, but it also appears Microsoft could be purchasing gaming chat app Discord in a $10 billion deal.

Xbox Live first launched on the original Xbox back in 2002, before coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, and now Xbox Series consoles at launch.

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