It’s Xbox Live to Xbox network rebranding by Microsoft. New branding instances have been recently released for beta-testers on the Xbox dashboard with clips posted to “Xbox network” instead of Xbox Live. The name change has now been acknowledged by Microsoft.
The Microsoft spokesman said in a statement to The Verge that, “‘Xbox network’ means the underlying Xbox online infrastructure modified in Microsoft’s Services Agreement. “The ‘Xbox Live’ upgrade to ‘Xbox Network’ should separate from Xbox Live Gold memberships the program underlies.”
After the first launch 18 years ago, Microsoft has used Xbox Live as its underlying Xbox service. Larry Hryb, best known as Nelson, has been known for many years as “Nelson Major Xbox Live,” but now Hryb calls himself “Nelson Major Xbox.”
In August, after Microsoft had revised its services agreement, indications for a name change were originally released. At that point, Microsoft said it had no intention to shut down Xbox Live Gold and had not rebranded the service. Microsoft announced instead that it had to reverse immediately with a price increase for Xbox Live Gold.
The subscription requirement for free-to-play games in the coming months is now set to be reduced by Microsoft to its Xbox network. As a result, games like Fortnite won’t need Xbox Live Gold, but Microsoft also doesn’t announce whether the paywall is lifted.
What is Microsoft Game Pass?
Microsoft plans to transform GamePass into a Netflix for video games, and the service is now on track to become very popular with 15 million subscribers worldwide. Game Pass is basically a premium program that allows subscribers access to a variety of games that can be downloaded and played to the extent that they pay for the service. The Game Pass is comparable to Sony’s PlayStation Now, except unlike PS Now, users are not allowed to stream games – instead, you have the ability to import and install any game you choose to play. You are expected to pay a monthly fee, and for that amount, the entire game will be downloaded directly to the hard drive of your console.
There are three levels of Xbox Game Pass available: Console, PC, and Ultimate. The PC Game Pass, which costs Rs 489 a month, allows you access to over 200 plus PC games on a monthly basis, including several exclusive first-party games. Plus, users can get bonuses on all Game Pass play. Right now, you can access the Xbox Game Pass on your PC with your first month just costing Rs 50 in India.
The other two sections of the Xbox Game Pass will run on your Xbox console or PC. The standard Xbox Game Pass, which costs Rs 489 a month, will allow you access to a catalog of over 250 plus all first-party games as they are released. You can download the game and enjoy it as long as you’re able to pay for the service. Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the original Xbox classics are part of the games on the Xbox Game Pass. The third stage, the Ultimate, potentially the one to be considered, is priced at Rs 699 per month. The Ultimate not only allows you access to a lot of AAA titles and Indie games, it also lets you enjoy select games on your PC.
In the subscription, not to mention EA Play, which gives users access to more than 60 of the most popular EA games, FIFA and Mass Effect included. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate requires an Xbox Live Gold membership in addition to bonuses and free games. The advantages of an Xbox Live Gold membership include the opportunity for online multiplayer games, weekly discounts on Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles, supplements, and promotions.
How to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass?
It is easy to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass. You can sign up on the console itself or PC. Once you join in, you can manage your subscriptions from the console, too. In case to want to cancel the subscription, it takes a mere 5 minutes to disable auto-renew for Xbox Game Pass before you cancel the service.