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UP IN THE CLOUD: XBOX LIVE REBRANDS, SONY’S PLAY AT HOME INITIATIVE IS HERE

Xbox Live has been rebranded to Xbox Network, though it is a shift in name only, as there are no changes being made to the experience with the update.

“Xbox network refers to the underlying Xbox online service, which was updated in the Microsoft Services Agreement,” a Microsoft spokesperson tells VENN. “The update from Xbox Live to Xbox network is intended to distinguish the underlying service from Xbox Live Gold Membership.”

Elsewhere in cloud gaming…

Prime Gaming announced its mid-month update, revealing deals, new incoming content and titles on their way out.

Ubisoft is offering members in-game content for two key titles. Rainbow Six Siege sees its fourth drop, offering exclusive Caveira Bundle designed by community artist SAU_SIEGE, including new headgear, uniform, weapon skin and charm. For Honor has its first content drop, which includes seven days of Champion Status, as well as two Scavenger Crates to take heroes to the next level.

Roblox is offering its eighth content drop, providing Prime members with a new Tech Head and a bonus Arsenal skin.

Apex Legends, Rogue Company, UFC 4, Alliance vs Empire, Trackmania and V4 all teased exclusive Prime content ready for download. Clash of Kings is not yet available but is coming soon.

Over 20 SNK arcade games, including Shock Troopers, Metal Slug 2 and The King of Fighters 2000, are available free to Prime members through March 31. Once downloaded, players can keep the titles in perpetuity.

Google Stadia and Capcom announced that Resident Evil Village will launch on Stadia on May 7, the same time as other platforms. Additionally, Stadia Pro subscribers will have access to Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition on April 1, content that was previously only available on other platforms.

Play At Home, PlayStation’s initiative to provide the PlayStation community with free games and entertainment offers, begins March 25. Several titles will be free to download, including Abzu, Enter the Gungeon, Rez Infinite, Subnautica, The Witness, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Moss, Thumper and Paper Beast. Horizon Zero Dawn will be free for a limited time beginning on April 19.

Auto Chess, the competitive strategy battler from Drodo Studio, is coming to the PlayStation 5 on March 30. The title will use the DualSense Controller to give haptic feedback on moments of celebration in gameplay, including starring a chess piece, defeating an enemy, or winning a battle. The game is also offering PlayStation users an exclusive opportunity to acquire Date Masamune, a rare chess player.

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