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Microsoft Phasing Out Original Xbox Live Support

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Phasing Out Original Xbox Live Support

The future waits for no man... or games console.

Seven years after its original release, Microsoft has announced it will be pulling support for its original Xbox games console on Xbox Live from 15 April. "I want to start by saying this isn’t a decision we made lightly, but after careful consideration," said Xbox Live general manager Marc Whitten. "It is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community."

Whitten didn't break down what percentage of its LIVE community were using the original Xbox, but admitted "as we look down the road, we’ll continue to evolve the service with features and experiences that harness the full power of Xbox 360. To reach our aspiration, we need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games."

Microsoft will contact any Xbox LIVE members directly impacted by this change and said emails will be sent out over the coming weeks when it will unveil "more details and opportunities" (presumably Xbox 360 discounts or LIVE refunds/credits). "We view you as a partner in this process," Whitten added.

While some will mourn this decision it is understandable (if a little short notice) and to cheer you up Whitten signed off name dropping Project Natal and saying "I believe we’ll look back on 2010 as a landmark year in gaming and home entertainment". If it is, I doubt many will begrudge Microsoft switching of the Xbox's LIVE support along the way...


via Official Blog Post


February 8, 2010, 7:20 am

Well it was only a matter of time, it's had it's run and about time i say, hopefully we can now have more than 100 friends on the 360


February 8, 2010, 10:40 am

Maybe, just maybe they'll allow you to change the designated Country on your Gamertag... I moved from UK to Singapore and not only was my Xbox 360 console rendered useless (region), but so too was my Live account.

*waves fist at MS*


February 8, 2010, 1:10 pm

@igarth: well you know what they say, "when in rome....use an italian account"

Smithfield Building

February 8, 2010, 2:37 pm

RIP original Xbox Live. The first truly realised online console experience. Many an hour wasted playing Rainbow Six 3 and Black Arrow with an awesome community. Thankyou.


February 8, 2010, 3:23 pm

Sounds to me like: "Sorry Halo 2 gamers but it's time you cheapskates propped up our revenues by upgrading to Halo 3"? And that's in spite of the fact that they're already paying for the XBox Live subscription. Surely Microsoft could release a patch for Halo 2 so that it would be compatible with the new more-than-100-friends capability?


February 8, 2010, 6:42 pm

Probably another money making scheme by MS, to get original XBOX users to switch to (buying) XBOX 360's. It will happen again if/when the next gen comes out...and so forth, but hey, that's life :(


February 8, 2010, 8:47 pm

By a quick show of digital hands (I realise this is in no way even attempting to be a decent scientific study), who is still playing with their original xBox? And which of you few are still playing it online? Anybody... ?

Bizarrely, I'm with MS on this one... They can't be expected to support something forever; especially given, what I'm assuming, is a very small user base.

Although, just to prove that I'm still the MS anti-fanboi that I'm apparently known to be... Who would still want to play Halo 2 anyways? It's as over-hyped by MS-fanboys as KillZone 2 is by the Sony-crew.

Discuss. ;-)


February 8, 2010, 9:30 pm

@Cub, Not played original Xbox for a couple of years now - 360 all the way for me. Though, I will be a little saddened that PGR2 (the best online driving experience ever - IMHO) will be no more. Lost so much of my life for a couple of years on that. Was never into Halo2 online in the first place, so won't miss that.

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