The packaging for playable Xbox Live titles on the original Xbox console featured the trademark gold bar underneath the Xbox header.Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Brute Force sported a Live "bubble" design, as they only featured downloadable content.Microsoft has announced plans to extend Live to other platforms such as handhelds and mobile phones as part of the Live Anywhere initiative.The Xbox Live service is available as both a free service, known as Xbox Live Silver and a subscription-based service known as Xbox Live Gold, respectively, with most features such as online gaming restricted to the Gold service.An updated version of the service became available for the Xbox 360 console at the system's launch in November 2005, and a further enhanced version was released in 2013 with the Xbox One.
By the time of the Xbox 360, all titles were required to provide at least a limited form of Xbox Live "awareness".
On November 12, 2009, Dennis Durkin, COO of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, announced that November 10, 2009, the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 marked the busiest day ever on Xbox Live, with over two million active users simultaneously.
On the same day, Larry Hyrb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson, announced on his blog that Xbox Live support for the original Xbox would be discontinued on April 15, 2010, including online play through backwards compatibility on the Xbox 360 and all downloadable content for original Xbox games.
A Gamertag is the universal name for a player's username on Xbox Live.
A Gamertag used online must be unique and can be up to fifteen characters in length, including numbers, letters, and spaces.