- Microsoft will, however, allow users to play their already purchased Xbox 360 games.
Microsoft announced that it will close the Xbox 360 store and online marketplace next year to focus on its latest consoles and the Game Pass subscription service.
Microsoft will, however, allow users to play their already purchased Xbox 360 games and older titles that are compatible with the console.
“A lot has changed since the launch of Xbox 360 in 2005. Technology has evolved, gamers’ expectations have changed, and we’re focused on making Xbox Series X|S the best place to play now and in the future,” Xbox said.
When will the Microsoft online store close?
The Xbox 360 Store and Xbox 360 Marketplace will close on July 29, 2024, and users of the old console will not be able to buy or download new games, according to a post on the Xbox website.
Microsoft halted production of the Xbox 360 in 2016 and a year later launched Xbox Game Pass, a subscription gaming service that can be accessed on consoles and Windows platforms.
As part of its latest move, the Movies & TV app will also be removed from the older console.
Xbox 360 is considered one of the best-selling video game consoles of all time, on a par with Sony’s PlayStation 3.
Microsoft had sold some 84 million Xbox 360 units as of 2014, when it stopped reporting sales due to the launch of the successor Xbox One.