18 years after the launch of Xbox Live, Microsoft officially renamed it to the Xbox Network. Apparently this is a careful rebranding of the actual service to further separate it from memberships with the same name.
“The ‘Xbox network’ refers to the underlying Xbox online service, which has been updated in the Microsoft service agreement,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge in a statement. “The purpose of updating ‘Xbox Live’ to ‘Xbox network’ is to distinguish the underlying service from Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.”
In other words, nothing should change with the way gamers use the now-named Xbox Network – it just goes ahead with a different name, which is reflected in the menus. If you were to save screenshots or footage to Xbox Live, they will be saved to the Xbox network instead. This change was quietly rolled out, leading to a bit of confusion, as The Verge’s Tom Warren tweeted – but mechanically nothing should change.
Xbox Network 🤔 https://t.co/E49QQzQFad pic.twitter.com/OQS1cRsrZ2March 21, 2021