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Microsoft Renames Xbox Live Silver to 'Xbox Live Free'
Microsoft Renames Xbox Live Silver to 'Xbox Live Free'
October 20, 2010 | By Kyle Orland

October 20, 2010 | By Kyle Orland
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Microsoft revealed today that the free, lower tier of its popular Xbox Live online service is being renamed from Xbox Live Silver to Xbox Live Free, though the features of the service will not change.

The rebranding was first made public by Xbox European Community Manager Graeme Boyd, who tweeted about the change today.

The new branding appears on the recently redesigned Xbox Live Web site, but won't appear on the Xbox 360 dashboard until the system's upcoming Fall dashboard update, according to Just Press Start.

Despite the renaming, the service will still offer the same set of free features, which include demo downloads, customizable avatars, and the ability to download videos, games and game add-ons.

Xbox Live Gold service is still required to play online multiplayer games, watch streaming Netflix movies and use Facebook and Last.fm features on the Xbox 360. Microsoft will raise the price of Gold membership from $50 to $60 per year on November 1.

November will also see the launch of Xbox Live's Gold Family plan, which will allow up to four users to access Xbox Live Gold features on a single console for a flat rate of $99 a year.

This is not the only Xbox-related service to see a recent rebranding -- last week, Microsoft renamed its XNA Creators Club independent Xbox 360 development program to "App Hub," in a move designed to integrate Windows 7 Phone development into the service.


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Jen Bauer
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We need more Windows Phone 7 updates!

Corey Sharpe
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You know, I really wished that Microsoft did the Gold Family plan sooner because I got some nephews that sometimes play on my 360 but they couldn't go on Live unless on my profile, which personally I don't like. But now I know what to get my nephews for Christmas!

John McMahon
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A 360?

Marcus Miller
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Now Microsoft just needs to drop their point system for purchasing stuff. Just price everything in real currency.

John McMahon
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Tell me about it, I still have 120 point left..what good is that? I just wanted to buy DLC.

David Clair
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To bad the Family plan could not work with Multiple consoles... i wonder how that would handle transfering a profile to another 360?

Reid Kimball
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UGH, they're raising the price? Since when does technology get more expensive as it ages?

Cody Scott
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when a huge number of players quit subscribeing


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