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News The Xbox 360 store won’t live to see its 20th birthday

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A photograph of the Xbox 360 at CES 2008 - Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

The store will go offline in July 2024.

It’s the end of an era for the Xbox 360. Microsoft announced Thursday that it’s taking the Xbox 360 Store offline in 2024, just a couple years shy of the console’s 20th anniversary. The store shutdown has no bearing on your ability to play Xbox 360 games, however — all games and DLC will remain playable on the Xbox 360 and newer consoles via backward compatibility, Microsoft said in its news release.

Microsoft said that players will no longer be able to purchase games on the Xbox 360 Store come July 29, 2024. Other entertainment products won’t work anymore either, like the Microsoft Movies & TV app. You have up until that date to purchase games and DLC from the Xbox 360 Store and the online marketplace. Beyond games and entertainment, “trials, add-ons, avatar items, gamerpics, game trailers, and videos” will be unavailable to purchase alongside “gamertag changes on Xbox 360, Xbox subscriptions on Xbox 360, [and] in-game purchases.” Unfortunately, not all video games on Xbox 360 are backwards-compatible, which will make several games significantly harder to get and play. Gaming website TrueAchievements has a list of games that are not playable on newer consoles, if you want to plan ahead for the Xbox 360 Store shutdown.

Likewise, nothing is changing with the ability to buy Xbox 360 backward-compatible games from Xbox One and Xbox Series X stores. The Xbox 360 network will remain online, too, for multiplayer support for as long as the publisher supports online servers, Microsoft said. “You can still save your games and progress to the cloud, and if you choose to continue any of those available games on Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S, those cloud saves will transfer over,” it wrote.

Crucially, there’s also nothing keeping you from purchasing games physically; 360 games are pretty readily available in physical form, though there are some games that are harder to get your hands on. For more information about the Xbox 360 Store and Xbox 360 Marketplace closure, Microsoft has a full FAQ page on its website.

Microsoft stopped producing new Xbox 360 consoles in 2016, several years after the Xbox One was released. The console was originally released in 2005 in North America, what some would call a revolutionary development in consoles. Microsoft’s sold more than 84 million consoles by 2014, making it one of the top-selling consoles of all time and an important part of Microsoft’s rise in the console market. The Xbox 360, in particular, holds a special place in the history of multiplayer games; games like Halo 3 and Gears of War defined the multiplayer experience of the console generation. The Xbox Live Indie Games store was also important in bringing indie games to the masses, though that feature shut down in 2016.

Then there’s the Xbox 360’s Gamerscore system, which was fully implemented with the Xbox 360’s launch. It wasn’t the first console or game to introduce an achievement system, but was the sustaining system for platforms, kicked off before the likes of Valve and Sony added their own systems. Of course, in talking about the legacy of the Xbox 360, we can’t ignore the “Red Ring of Death,” an infamous flashing red light that denoted a dead Xbox.

Source: Polygon
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This is the sign of getting old when your consoles are shutting down. halo 2 and original xbox didn't seem like a big deal back then, but then Bungie deletes all halo stats off it's site. Then xbox 360 servers go offline, now this.
This is a sad day for Xbox 360! many memories on it! still use my RGH 360 over my series x today!! hopefully! something like Insignia.Live is released on 360 soon keeping it alive for many years! so happy they resurrected OG Xbox live!
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