Microsoft said on Thursday that it would discontinue the online marketplace and store for the Xbox 360 in order to concentrate on its newest system and subscription service, Game Pass.
“A lot has changed since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005. Technology has evolved, expectations from players have shifted, and we are focused on making Xbox Series X|S the best place to play now and in the future,” Xbox said.
According to a post on Xbox’s website, the Xbox 360 Store and Xbox 360 Marketplace will close on July 29, 2024, and gamers using the outdated platform won’t be able to buy and download new games.
However, Microsoft is enabling players to play Xbox 360 games they have previously purchased as well as older games that are compatible with the system.
Following the end of Xbox 360 production in 2016, Microsoft introduced Xbox Game Pass, a subscription gaming service that is accessible on consoles and Windows platforms.
The Movies and TV app on the previous console will also be eliminated as part of the company’s most recent change.
Next to Sony’s PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 is recognised as one of the best-selling gaming systems of all time. Up until 2014, Microsoft sold 84 million Xbox 360s. However, due to the introduction of the Xbox One, the Xbox 360’s replacement, Microsoft stopped disclosing its sales figures.