Xbox Live Ditches 'Silver' Class For 'Free'

Say goodbye to Xbox Live "Silver," as Microsoft appears to be dropping the name of that tier of its Live service in favor of something less confusing. "Free" is the new "Silver."

It's little more than a name change for the free entry level version of the Xbox's online service, but the scrubbing of Silver from the all-new Xbox.com appears to be rather thorough. Xbox Live Gold still (obviously) exists as the premiere paid-for version of the account program, but Silver appears to have fallen out of favor.

Graeme "AceyBongos" Boyd, Xbox Community Manager for Europe, implies the change is official and clearly intentional on his Twitter feed.

The new Xbox.com now breaks down Xbox Live memberships into three columns, Free, Gold and the still forthcoming Gold Family.