Dave McCarthy, CVP Xbox Player Services posted that the Xbox 360 store will close July 2024, but you can keep playing your favorite games. Here is part of the blog post:
This November will mark 18 years since Xbox 360 launched. It was a generation-defining console that invited many to jump into gaming for the first time and connect with friends around the world. Over the years, we’ve heard stories of players who found a lifelong love of games, starting with the likes of Kameo, Gears of War, Fable 2, and other Xbox 360 classics. We’re thrilled so many fans keep playing their favorite Xbox 360 games on Xbox 360, or on newer consoles via Backward Compatibility.
As we head toward 2024, we have a change to share about the Xbox 360 experience:
On July 29, 2024, Xbox will stop supporting the ability to purchase new games, DLC, and other entertainment from the Xbox 360 Store on the console and the Xbox 360 Marketplace (marketplace.xbox.com)
Related to this change, the Microsoft Movies & TV app will no longer function on Xbox 360, which means TV and movie content will no longer be viewable on your Xbox 360 after July 29th, 2024.
Between now and July 2024, you can continue purchasing games and DLC from the Xbox 360 Store and at the Xbox 360 Marketplace.
This change will not affect your ability to play Xbox 360 games or DLC you have already purchased. Xbox 360 game content previously purchased will still be available to play, not only the Xbox 360 console, but also Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S the best place the play now and in the future.
ArsTechnica reported that users will still be able to download and play games they have already purchased for the foreseeable future after that date, and many other network features will continue to work, like communication with friends, cloud saves, and online play in multiplayer games whose developers still support it.
Developers will be able to issue patches and updates to Xbox 360 games, too. Backward-compatible Xbox 360 games will still be available for purchase on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S stores, Microsoft says.
According to ArsTechnica, the same won’t be true for video content users have acquired. TV episodes and films purchased via Xbox’s online marketplace will remain in users’ libraries, but playback will no longer be possible on Xbox 360 consoles. Users will have to turn to other machines like Window’s PCs or newer Xbox consoles like the Xbox One or Xbox Series X to view the content.
Gizmodo reported that the shift away from the gaming console and Marketplace will allow Microsoft to focus on its Xbox Series X|S which will become “the best place to play now and in the future,” Microsoft said in its blog post. “A lot has changed since the Xbox 360 launch in 2005,” the company said, adding that “technology has evolved” and “expectations from players have shifted.”
In my opinion, I can see why Xbox wants people to shift from Xbox 360 to one of its newer (and likely more expensive) consoles. My concern is that some people won’t be able to afford an Xbox X or Xbox S, and might be left out in 2024.