Xbox Live to Xbox Network
It was 2002 and online on consoles was still fairly new. Then we get the announcement of a paid service of Xbox Live with my copy of Crimson Skies on the OG Xbox. This game was the reason I left Socom completely since the Xbox Live service was a better experience than the PS2. See, on the PS2 you had to push to talk while on the Xbox you can talk freely without having to wait to push to talk. Do not get me wrong push to talk comes in handy when controlled, but on PS2 someone would time it right to spam the button so no one could talk. Yea it worked one at a time kind of deal. The drawback was that we starting to pay for the service which was 50 dollars at the time. Yea, good net service came with a price or so we thought.
Xbox Live to Xbox Network:
So, back story aside here we are 4 generations later we are now with Xbox Series X/S, and things have changed a lot. We not only had Xbox Live, but we also have the Xbox Game Pass which now combined into one called the Ultimate Game Pass with Live and Game Pass as one. So what is Xbox Network now?
Well, Microsoft had to retract a statement where they announced last year that they will be raising the price of Xbox Live. They quickly jumped into damage control and debunked that, but instead, Xbox Network is just a service that makes games Free-To-Play on the network. For example games like Fortnite will no longer need an Xbox live account to play. You can just jump in now.
From what I am reading Xbox Live is not completely gone, as stated only for Free-to-Play games which makes sense. I mean it is bad enough we pay to play online twice when you think about it. We already pay to play through our internet services which is not the same on PC at all. Unless you are paying for am MMORPG with a subscription service. So what it is saying here that the paywall will drop for the F2P games. So games like DC Online, Final Fantasy XIV, Apex Legends, and so on would make sense to drop a paywall. Hell, even Phantasy Star Online 2.
Yes, Xbox Network is the new thing, and that’s about it. So far, Xbox has been doing a great job giving gamers Free games to try out with the Ultimate pass. Now even more so with Bethesda and EA Play part of the package makes it sweet. But what do you say? Looking forward to reading your feedback. – Beast Out –