February 5th 2010 8:00 am PT

Xbox LIVE being discontinued for Original Xbox consoles and games


I wanted to let you know that on April 15, 2010 Microsoft will discontinue Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox 1 games playable on Xbox 360. Our first step in this process will be to turn off auto-renewals for those members who only use Xbox LIVE on a v1 Xbox. While I can’t comment on the specifics, this change will allow us to continue evolving the LIVE service with new features and experiences that fully harness the power of Xbox 360 and the Xbox LIVE community. We did not make this decision lightly, but after careful consideration and review we realize that this decision will allow us unprecedented flexibility for future features. 


Xbox LIVE general manager Marc Whitten (Gamertag Notwen) has posted this letter to the community which provides additional context.


The best is yet to come, and we look forward to sharing more details in the near future.



Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • ZaZeeMan

    Maintaining legacy compatibility is what holds back progress, people. Just ask the Windows team. They have to maintain so many legacy apps and features just because so many businesses need it. For gamers, it can only be a good thing.

    I think I’ll pop in my Halo 2 disc and play it a few more times before it’s gone.


    I’m most interested in hearing what kind of “progress” this move will bring – maybe something Natal-related? I certainly hope it’s something more significant than just an expanded friends list, since honestly most people won’t even need that anyway.

  • Quaranj

    I suspect this is to facilitate the the ability to tweet from your games or something. They couldn’t implement it system wide if they retained Xbox 1 compatibility on live.

  • CrazyNakedMan1

    Yeah, this is a big kick in the balls. Especially since Microsoft has already shut down the DLC servers for original Xbox games. So anyone who didn’t have DLC prior to today are all SOL. Thanks for the warning, Microsoft.


    move on

  • CrazyNakedMan1

    And I could tell you to move on from crappy Guitar Hero games and spin offs, but to each their own. Seriously, don’t be an asshole dude.

  • Quaranj

    HA! I’m with CrazyNakedMan1, and I never thought I’d type that.

  • Jonah Falcon

    Move. On.

  • Chakaal Starr

    There are sequels to almost every game that you would lose online access to here, so it really isn’t a big kick in the balls. If you wanted the dlc that bad, you would have gotten it ages ago. I don’t think there really is much of a difference between playing Halo 2 online and Halo 3 online, or Cod 2 to Cod X. Time to get a job, a buy the sequel.

  • Quaranj

    @Chakaal Starr: Certainly, whatever you say… Point me to Battlefront 3, and I’ll buy it now. I’m sure I’ll be just as sympathetic when your Guitar Hero and Rockband DLC suddenly doesn’t work next gen.



    Thats pretty big ego you have there, thinking my comment was directed at you. Why don’t you check my games played and youll notice something I OWN A LOT OF GAMES. My comment was a general statement meaning it’s time to put the original XBOX to rest or are you so lame that youre still playing on a standard tv

  • FinderKeeper

    I hope that Xbox takes a cue from the PS3 when they came out with the “double pack” of God of War I & II, with remastered graphics and the possibility of “trophies”. That helped build interest for the release of God of War III.

    Bungie and/or 343 could put out Halo:CE and Halo 2 as a “double pack” for 360… hopefully on a disc… with achievements and everything. Remastered graphics for the 360 would be the icing on the Halo cake. I for one would buy that. There are other popular franchises that would benefit from being re-released in this way: KOTOR, Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, and Burnout to name a few.

    Get on the ball, Microsoft! Think of the money to be made… ;-)

  • N0XiFy

    Dammit, on tax day too.

  • Apharmd Battler

    What abut the DLC we’ve purchased for the original XBox?! If this means that I can’t update or have access to content that I PURCHASED then this is totally unacceptable. And one of the main argument why many are reluctant with the move towards digital distribution. Yeah, it may not seem like a big deal to the masses, but I still play my old stuff from time to time, and with limited HDD space, keeping all the DLC on the console at one time just wasn’t practical. So all the DLC sitting out there is just going to be deleted?!

    Kill the online play, I can totally understand that, but if I loose access to my purchased DLC then this is truly a raw deal!

  • Apharmd Battler

    Again, what abut the DLC we’ve purchased?! If this means that I can’t update or have access to content that I PURCHASED then this is unacceptable. And one of the main arguments why many are reluctant with the move towards digital distribution. Yeah, it may not seem like a big deal to the masses, but but I still play my old stuff from time to time, and with limited HDD space, keeping all the DLC on the console at one time just wasn’t practical. So all the DLC sitting out there is just going to be deleted?! Will my money be refunded (inflation adjusted)…just kidding…sort of.

    Kill the online play, I can totally understand that, but if I loose access to my purchased DLC then this is truly a raw deal!

  • Apharmd Battler

    I’m hate to see this go but I can understand. It hurts me because I have a HUGE game collection and I still play some of my XBox stuff online…seriously. My younger nephews don’t need an HD console and when you can pick up Xbox games dirt cheap, they get their bang for buck when I hook them up with an XBL subscription every holiday. Oh well, all good things must come to an end.

    I just want access and the ability to download all my original XBox DLC. I paid for a lot of that stuff and would be the text-book case why many will rally against digital distribution. I’m looking at the stuff on my account now and I like I’ve a ton of money invested in DLC for the original XBox (hell Ubisoft DLC alone is making my head spin). I can grudgingly stomach losing online play but I want access to the content/DLC, ESPECIALLY the items I’ve purchased. With limited HDD space it’s just not practical to keep ALL your content on your console. So I’m waiting to hear how this will be addressed

    Other than that, man I’m going to miss playing some of my staple games: Ghost Recon games, Splinter Cell games(co-op), Burnout 3: Takedown, Rainbow Six games, StarWars:Battlefront 1&2, StarWars: Republic Commando, Capcom & SNK fighters, Full Spectrum Warrior, Conker, CounterStrike, Mech Assault1&2, Forza just to name some of the ones that I still play from time to time.

    But the top three games that have me in tears that I’ll never be able to play online again are: Steel Battalion, Phantom Dust, and Unreal Championship 2. My top games on the consoles and gaming experiences that can’t be replicated ANYWHERE. I think I’m seriously going to cry. I understand the move forward, and it REALLY better be worth it.

    To quote Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan, “EARN THIS!”

  • CrazyNakedMan1


    Well guess what? You’re still an ass.

    BTW I own a 1080p television and play Halo 2 on my 360. SO STFU. And standard televisions are fine, you idiot.

  • The Real Napsta

    I’m gonna play the **** out of H2 till they pull the plug. MS PLEASE put at least the H2 maps back online till April.

    It would also be cool if they were included in the Reach LE disc or something like that.

  • Sideswipe 1117

    :( sad face!

  • XxLightkunxX

    So….can we have more than 100 friends then?

  • x2i4eva

    Does this mean they are phasing out Xbox original only gamertags or not?

  • Z3

    Its title updates that concern me cant have lan parties if we are all on different versions of halo2

  • AnEternalEnigma

    The fact people are complaining about this is hilarious. The number of people who don’t play Xbox originals online anymore is a lot higher than people that do.

    Guess what? Things have a life cycle. It costs money to keep that stuff up. It can’t just magically stay there forever. When less and less and less people use it, the plug gets pulled.

    Continuing support for an old-gen platform that a VERY small portion of people are using is ridiculous, especially when it is holding back the advancement of the current implementation.

    The only game anyone plays anymore is Halo 2, but that’s available on PC for about $10. Go grab that and stop whining.

  • Cumore

    Because clearly 50+ dollars a month for Live is not enough..

  • Cumore

    argh. *year. lol, either way its still a crazy amount to pay sometime.

  • Quaranj

    @AnEternalEnigma It’s because of attitudes like yours that we have this problem in the first place. Not everyone here has a gaming rig capable of playing H2V, so are you suggesting that you PERSONALLY are going to buy everyone one so they only have to drop $10 on the game? If you read the issues, few of us are upset about the drop of multi-playing and more-so about our DLC stripped without notice which should concern everyone who has ever bought anything on Live.

  • AnEternalEnigma

    Attitudes like mine? I do appreciate the fact that you think my opinion is powerful. But my attitude doesn’t affect anything Microsoft does. This is natural progression with technology. I bought a ton of DLC for original Xbox games. I bought every map for Halo 2 and all the Splinter Cell content. Want to know why I don’t care? Because I understand things have a life cycle and understand that the world shouldn’t revolve around me when my opinion is the clear minority. It’s called being unselfish. Is it going to suck not being able to play the incredible Chaos Theory multiplayer ever again. Oh hell yes it is. But am I going to sit here, whine about it, and act like Microsoft should continue to sink the same amount of money into something when less and less and less people use it? No, I’m not that shallow. You shouldn’t be either. Face facts: it’s old-generation stuff. Old-gen stuff gets fazed out over time.

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  • Moon Vydeo

    So the question becomes. Xbox Originals bought on Xbox Live that have multiplayer, will they still be playable via Live?

  • AnEternalEnigma

    @Moon Vydeo: Read Marc Whitten’s open-letter. The answer is no. All Xbox Original Xbox Live support is being turned off on April 15, no matter if you’re playing on the old Xbox, Xbox 360 BC, or an Xbox Original downloaded on Marketplace.

  • yolarrydabomb

    I thought 50 bucks a year was enough to keep all service of xbox live???

  • yolarrydabomb

    This will be the last xbox I ever own. I going to buy Play Station 4 when it comes out.

  • I DLord I

    Please O GOD, get rid of the 100 limit for friends list, I have actually reached the point where everyone on my FL is someone I know in real life, or is a gamer friend I have had on my list for YEARS. I have kept my FL @ 99 and am collecting/keeping Friend Requests so I have some way of communicating with the new people. Please, more than 100.

  • darkandlong

    Waaah, I can’t play my 5 and half year old game online anymore.

  • The Dukenator

    It is the future of xbox.
    You may still be able to play xbox 1 games after April 15, but there’ll be no xbox live for the original xbox. Thus, you can’t download much for it.
    If you have a xbox 1 gamertag, you may be contacted about converting it to xbox 360.

    Sony still sells the PS2, even though the PS3 is available. They discontinued the PS1, but it’s backward compatible on PS3. PS2 games are not playable on PS3.

  • Renown Recon

    I think mostly everyone will agree that we need a boost in the Friends List department. Hopefully this will make way for bigger brighter things…




    I guess I’d be angry like you, if I was poor and couldn’t get out of Ohio.

  • Xlrking

    Man, ive never played much of the original xbox, but it had a lot of fantastic online games.
    Paying for the service is sort of a big deal since PC and PS3 have it for free, and i have both as well, so i dont see the point here.

  • PloKoon7

    granted, I haven’t plugged in my original xbox in a while, but this is just bullshit. It’s hard to justify spending 50 bucks on a videogame, but the multiplayer is what usually makes it worth the purchase. I’m losing functionality of those games that I paid for, not to mention any dlc that I also paid for to play online with, like mappacks and whatnot. Now all that stuff is worthless too. I’m sure there’s another way to do this. I want to keep what I paid for.

  • Ganon255

    I just tried to play Halo 2 one last time and when I logged in it said my DLC was corrupt and that I needed to redownload the maps. I tried to do this and when I do there are no maps available. I am okay with you guys making changes for the future but taking down the DLC without any notice is very weak. Put everything back up till April 15.

  • Ganon255

    Without the maps it won’t let me play any game online for some reason.

  • Xbox Sonic

    eek 500 guys on your friend list

  • stststststq

    “This will be the last xbox I ever own. I going to buy Play Station 4 when it comes out.”

    You’re not even a Gold member, the PS3 isn’t even backwards compatible so you couldn’t play last gen games on it at all, never mind online, and Sony won’t support online games forever. The servers for Calling all Cars on the PS3 have already been switched off for example and that game isn’t even 3 years old.

  • Sneeches

    Best news I’ve heard all week. About time they throw the xbox out the window!!!!

  • Jonah Falcon

    Just so people know, Halo 2 (PC) uses the 360’s Live service, not the Xbox 1’s.

  • GuZ1977

    You Bastards, you’ve already shut down the DLC servers without a heads up!!
    Now I can’t even download all the DLC onto my other two Xboxes for backup >:(

  • BMF Irish ace

    best thing to do is do away with facebook and twitter from xbobx360 its funny there free to use on ur pc/laptop but u have to pay €60 a year to use them on xbox360

  • ToastNeo

    I don’t understand why everyone is saying this make them think about a PS3 or even a PS4 when it comes out…at least you can play the games offline on any 360 if you REALLY want to, if you have a PS3 you can’t even do THAT…
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m gonna miss Halo 2 on Live just like everybody else, but I haven’t even played it in like a year anyway…

  • CaNiBaL Elite

    Good to see more room made for the 360 now on LIVE!

    For those who are still playing on the orignal xbox on live. Check this link out this is what was used before Xbox LIVE went live. http://www.xbconnect.com/index.php?topic=supportedgames along with gamespy. So those who are mad check the link out plus did I mention it is free. So it will still have online just not with XBOX LIVE.

  • Bucko Dessie

    I thought it was an early April 1’st thing then I read April 15th, haha!!