Live Anywhere

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Live Anywhere is an initiative by Microsoft to bring the Xbox Live online networking service to a wide variety of platforms and devices including Xbox, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Zune, and more.

LIVE-enabled platforms[edit]

Platform Service Name Launch Discontinued
Xbox Xbox Live November 15, 2001 April 15, 2010
Xbox 360 Xbox Live November 22, 2005 2016
Xbox One Xbox Live for Xbox One November 22, 2013
Windows Vista and 7 Games for Windows – Live May 22, 2007
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Xbox for Windows October 26, 2012
Windows Phone Xbox for Windows Phone October 21, 2010
Zune Zune Social September 16, 2008 September 4, 2011

The mobile device side of the service has been shown in concept at events such as E3 and CES on devices like a Motorola Q mobile phone, but specific details have not been released.

Since then, Microsoft has unveiled its next generation mobile platform, Windows Phone. Microsoft plans on being more aggressive with mobile Xbox Live-connected games by strictly controlling the phone hardware that Windows Phone runs on, and enabling DirectX 9 graphics for Windows Phone, the same version of DirectX that the Xbox 360 uses.

Live Gamertags are also used for the XNA Creator's Club service.

On April 15th, 2010, Xbox Live was shutdown for the original Xbox Console. On October 2011, Xbox live was shutdown for the Zune. In early 2013, it was announced that in June 2014, Games For Windows Live will be shutdown permanently.

Features[edit]

  • Single identity (Gamertag/Zune Tag) across all platforms (tied to Windows Live ID)
  • Cross-platform chat, with both text and voice
  • Unified friends list and message system
  • Single, worldwide currency for purchasing virtual games, music, videos and content (Microsoft Points)
  • Cross-platform multiplayer online gaming, including game invites

Pricing[edit]

Live is available in two tiers: Silver and Gold. Anybody who signs up to Live is given a Silver account, which offers a basic set of features that differ with each platform. Gold accounts require a subscription, but offer a greater variety of features.

Country 1 Month 3 Months 12 Months Games for Windows – Live Zune Social
Europe 6.99 19.99 59.99 Free Free
United Kingdom £5.99 £14.99 £39.99 Free Free
Australia $10.95 $29.95 $79.95 Free Free
Sweden kr60 kr179 kr549 Free Free
United States $9.99 $24.99 $59.99 Free Free
Japan ¥819 ¥2079 ¥5229 Free Free

The original Xbox does not recognize Silver accounts, requiring Gold for all Live features (discontinued on April 15, 2010).

Zune Social does not have two tiers, the service is free to all users, though there is a Zune Pass "all-you-can-eat"-style music subscription service that costs $9.99.

Availability[edit]

Live is currently available in 220 countries, with more being brought online over time.[1]

Country Xbox Live Games for Windows – Live Xbox Live on Windows Xbox Live on Windows Phone
Afghanistan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Albania Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Algeria Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Andorra Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Angola Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Anguilla Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Antigua and Barbuda Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Armenia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Aruba Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Australia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Azerbaijan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bahamas, The Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bahrain Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bangladesh Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Barbados Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Belarus Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Belgium Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Belize Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Benin Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bermuda Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bhutan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bolivia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Bosnia and Herzegovina Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Botswana Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Brasil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Bulgaria Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Burkina Faso Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Burundi Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Cambodia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Cameroon Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Canada Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Cape Verde Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Cayman Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Central African Republic Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Česká republika Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Chad Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Channel Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Chile Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
China Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Christmas Island Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Colombia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Comoros Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Congo Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Congo (DRC) Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Cook Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Costa Rica Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Côte d'Ivoire Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Croatia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Cyprus Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Danmark Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Deutschland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Djibouti Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Dominica Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Ecuador Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Egypt Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
El Salvador Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Equatorial Guinea Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Eritrea Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
España Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Estonia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Ethiopia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Ελλάδα Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Falkland Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Faroe Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Fiji Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
France Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
French Guiana Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
French Polynesia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Gabon Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Gambia, The Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Georgia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Ghana Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Gibraltar Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Greenland Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Grenada Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Guadeloupe Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Guatemala Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Guinea Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Guinea-Bissau Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Guyana Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Haiti Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Honduras Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Hong Kong S.A.R. Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Iceland Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
India Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Indonesia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Iraq Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Ireland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Italia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Jamaica Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Japan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Jordan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Kazakhstan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Kenya Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Kiribati Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Korea Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Kuwait Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Kyrgyzstan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Laos Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Latvia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Lebanon Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Lesotho Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Liberia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Libya Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Liechtenstein Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Lithuania Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Luxembourg Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Macau SAR Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Macedonia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Madagascar Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Magyarország Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Malawi Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Malaysia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Maldives Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mali Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Malta Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Marshall Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Martinique Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mauritania Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mauritius Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mayotte Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mexico Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Micronesia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Moldova Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Monaco Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mongolia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Montenegro Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Montserrat Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Morocco Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Mozambique Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Myanmar Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Namibia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Nauru Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Nederland Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Nepal Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
New Caledonia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
New Zealand Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Nicaragua Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Niger Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Nigeria Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Niue Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Norfolk Island Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Norge Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Oman Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Österreich Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Pakistan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Palau Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Palestinian Territory, Occupied Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Panamá Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Papua New Guinea Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Paraguay Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Peru Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Philippines Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Pitcairn Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Polska Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Portugal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Russia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Qatar Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
República Dominicana Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Reunion Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Romania Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Rwanda Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Samoa Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
San Marino Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Sao Tome and Principe Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Saudi Arabia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Schweiz Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Senegal Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Serbia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Seychelles Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Sierra Leone Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Singapore Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Slovakia Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Slovenia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Solomon Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Somalia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
South Africa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Sri Lanka Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
St. Helena Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
St. Kitts and Nevis Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
St. Lucia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
St. Pierre and Miquelon Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Suisse Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Suomi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Suriname Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Sverige Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Swaziland Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Taiwan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Tajikistan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Tanzania Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Thailand Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Timor-Leste Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Togo Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Tokelau Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Tonga Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Trinidad and Tobago Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Tunisia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Türkiye Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Turkmenistan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Turks and Caicos Islands Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Tuvalu Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Uganda Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Ukraine Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
United Arab Emirates Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
United Kingdom Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
United States Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Uruguay Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Uzbekistan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Vanuatu Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Vatican City Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Venezuela Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Vietnam Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Virgin Islands, British Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Wallis and Futuna Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Yemen Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Zambia Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Zimbabwe Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY

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