Microsoft Plans to Close Xbox 360’s Online Store in the Coming Year

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In a recent announcement, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) revealed its intention to discontinue the online store and marketplace for the Xbox 360 next year. This decision comes as part of Microsoft’s strategic focus on its latest gaming consoles and the subscription service known as Game Pass.

Scheduled for closure on July 29, 2024, both the Xbox 360 Store and Xbox 360 Marketplace will cease to operate, preventing users of the older console from making new game purchases and downloads. This forthcoming change was detailed in a post published on the official Xbox website.

However, Microsoft has confirmed that users will retain the ability to enjoy their previously acquired Xbox 360 games, along with older titles that remain compatible with the console.

Reflecting on the evolution of the gaming landscape since the Xbox 360’s launch in 2005, the company acknowledges the shifts in technology and player expectations. Microsoft’s clear focus now lies in establishing the Xbox Series X|S as the premier gaming destination for both the present and future.

After discontinuing the Xbox 360 production in 2016, Microsoft launched the Xbox Game Pass in the subsequent year. This subscription-oriented gaming service is available on consoles as well as Windows platforms.

As part of this transition, Microsoft will also eliminate the Movies & TV app from the older console.

The Xbox 360 has undoubtedly secured its place as one of the highest-selling gaming consoles in history, rivaling Sony’s PlayStation 3. Microsoft’s sales figures for the Xbox 360 reached approximately 84 million units in 2014. Subsequently, sales reporting ceased due to the introduction of its successor, the Xbox One.

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