Xbox Live

online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service by Microsoft

Xbox Network (formerly known as Xbox LIVE[2]) is the online gaming service created by Microsoft for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X. It costs about $50 USD per year (in America) and has over 31 million subscribers as of 2013.[3] There are two versions of Xbox Live; Core (formerly Gold) and Free. Free allows an online 'friends list' and downloads, but does not allow users to play games against other people online. Gold is the same as Free, but with the addition of online gaming and cost $50/£40 a year. Subscribers can pay with a credit card or by special cards which are bought in shops and enter the codes online.

Xbox Live
TypeOnline service
Launch dateNovember 15, 2002
Last updated2024
Platform(s)Xbox (2002–2010)
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Xbox Series S and X
Windows XP to Windows 7 (as Games for Windows – Live)
Windows 8 onwards (full integration)
Windows Phone
Members120 million [1]

Microsoft Points


Microsoft Points or MS points was the previous currency of Xbox Live. In 2013 they changed it to actual currency such as Dollars or Euros. On Xbox Live you can buy many things ranging from movies to games to DLC. You can buy full games on Xbox 360 and Xbox One or Xbox Live Arcade games.


  1. "Microsoft says Xbox monthly active users hit a record 120 million". VGC. January 24, 2023. Retrieved February 12, 2024.
  2. "Microsoft Trademarks". Microsoft. December 13, 2007. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2008.
  3. "Xbox Live - 10 million gold subscribers". Archived from the original on April 23, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2008.

Other websites


The Unofficial Guide To Live, The most popular independent Xbox Live support website for all things Xbox Live (NAT, IP Address Failed, Wireless...)