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.

 

 

Comments

  • JUNG GUNS

    Why don’t you just be honest and say “IT’S GOING TO SAVE US A BUNCH OF MONEY.” I mean, you can dedicate all that time, energy, hardware and manpower to the current system. ***Sprinkles sugar all over it*** I could honestly care less, I mean, I just recently found out that the original xbox was still a functioning online.

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  • Ramzinhoo

    i think it’s a good idea so the LIVE team can focus more on getting the most out of the xbox 360 consoles..

    Can’t wait to see the new features brougth to xbox live.

    Good step from XBOX Live team

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  • The Grim Heaper

    “including Xbox 1 games playable on Xbox 360.”

    So no more backward compatibility? What happens to the people that bought Xbox Originals?

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  • zfair899

    At the risk of reiterating what might have already come up in the sea of comments, why not make XBOs free for all to play online for the last few weeks?
    You see it happen often with MMOs as they close down. Would be a nice way to give these games a final ‘hurrah’.

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  • Silvercube

    My parents always told me that good news should be released with bad news.. so where is the good news?!

    Saddest day in Xbox history ever (besides True Fantasy Live Online being canceled).

    I still play my Original Xbox on LIVE. Halo 2, Unreal Championship series, DOA Ultimate, DDR Ultramix series.. sadness…

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  • Smelly Inferno

    Simple now they can resell you the games you already purchased once. Games on demand = ripoff.

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  • Matthew M G

    Major–

    While I understand, I am sad that it doesn’t appear as if there were attempts to work around the issue or provide gamers with an alternative.

    Between leaving the original XBox owners with multiple incompatible titles due to discontinued backwards compatibility efforts and this, those customers that have been loyal to Microsoft’s video game ventures are taking it in the shorts.

    I know you’re just the messenger, Major, but this is very disappointing, indeed.

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  • modemman11

    I was never much of a multiplayer person, myself. As long as I can still play the SP portions of my XBO games I’ll be happy.
    I suppose I should also go and launch the games I still play and download their DLC again, since I assume this covers DLC as well.
    I can also see it now … April 15th comes along and every internet message board is flooded with “why can’t I connect” topics from morons who all they do is turn their console on and launch the game but never look at messages or the dashboard or any game menu that doesn’t involve starting a game of some kind. I think I have a headache coming on already…

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  • Chakaal Starr

    I wouldn’t have expected any different, though it does make me wonder what will happen to the current service when a new xbox is released because the 360 is far more online oriented. Ie. will there be a way for me to be able to move the licences of the 1000 bucks worth of rock band songs onto the 720 so I can use it with whatever version of RB comes out on that?

    I assume but would prefer clarification if titles that are both original titles and redone 360 titles will still be playable online as the redone 360 version, ie Burnout Revenge has an original xbox version, but it also has a redone hd version with the xbox 360 stamp on the box.

    Before closure, it would be nice if Microsoft put a patch in so that you could point your xbox1 to an ip address. That way if someone wanted to run a free server with their distant friends they could. I know world of warcraft has some servers where people play for free or donation, though those are approved by Blizzard.

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  • IIx WaRL0rD xII

    I guess now people can just play their Xbox original games on XBConnect, which is free but doesn’t have all the features of Xbox Live and is harder to set up.

    http://www.xbconnect.com/

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  • Jonah Falcon

    “SONY must love it, as it makes it more and more pointless to buy a 360 over a PS3.”

    Because playing Xbox 1 games online is so necessary in 2010? Expansion of Xbox Live for the 360 can now occur, like, MORE THAN 100 FRIENDS. Some other stuff, too.

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  • Jonah Falcon

    Backwards. Compatibility. Is. Remaining.

    Online. Xbox. 1. Play. Is. Not.

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  • waldo15

    The end of times is approaching! Nostradamus was right! I wish he had been more specific on the fact the world that was ending was XBL first gen… oh well back then lag probably was a drag…

    All hail the unquestioned King of XBOX 1 Halo 2…

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  • DelRiego

    I hope this really means an improvement in the features and quality of the service, I’ve been really disappointed by the last two or three updates, NXE was only a (bad)visual change and don’t get me started on the facebook/twitter update, that was one of the most hyped and the lamest.

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  • Quaranj

    Well, if you haven’t updated your DLC in a little bit, you are done today. I just spent 43 minutes and 48 seconds of daytime minutes speaking to support to find out that the XBOX 1 DLC has already been taken offline. Thanks for the warning. This will undoubtedly lead to some of the worst XBOX PR ever. After having defended the 360 and Microsoft for years, I feel I was just shot in the back. Cannot match-make in Halo 2, cannot play Battlefront 3 when the session has a new map. This also means that if you get a RROD and already have the maps, you are still up the creek, because you cannot update your licenses onto your new console. I upgrade this issue to COLOSSAL FAIL, because EPIC isn’t enough.

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  • Shadowed Ghost

    I love all the comments thinking this is a big win for Sony. Any of you notice how over multiple revisions of their fully-BC console, Sony has completely removed backwards compatibility? They did it to compete effectively with the 360 on price point, and Xbox Live is discontinuing OG Xbox games on Live so as to allow continued innovation on the service. Unending backwards compatibility is a problem that has plagued many manufacturers and developers (Intel and Microsoft come to mind with their processors and OSes, respectively), and there’s going to have to be a time where enough is enough. This may be a tad early, but 6 years is a reasonable amount of time to be able to play the game online, and all good things have to end sometime.

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  • Ark Hunter

    That gives you the ability for more than 100 friends at that point right?

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  • Chakaal Starr

    I am so worked up… my Intellivision console doesn’t work anymore. How could Mattel Electronics stop supporting it in 1986? Lack of Intellivision support will definately be more incentive to get a PS3. What an epic fail!

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  • Chakaal Starr

    “Simple now they can resell you the games you already purchased once. Games on demand = ripoff.”

    You mean like how I bought GOW 1 and 2 collection for my PS3 because my PS3 is not backwards compatible to PS2 games?

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  • Quaranj

    I’m not that upset about the announcement as I am upset about the LACK of announcement that all the 1st gen DLC has already been turfed. I’d expect that from a startup or some inexperienced company, but not from a company that actually has provided some level of customer service for more than a couple of years. Online play through Live I could have easily lived without on those titles after the 15th of April, but being denied today is horrible customer service. Many of the posts assumed that it would only be online play affected since even the FAQs posted are unclear on the matter. But to eliminate our ability to update our titles ever again well before that date is just low. If I were in charge, somebody would be fired.

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  • ShaggyB

    Well let me just say im sad to hear that…. but I havent touched an Xbox game in 2 years…. So while i find it sad… I dont think its a big deal.

    Id also before an xbox live release of halo 2… one that worked with whatever changes you are making… But again… I havent played halo 2 since Gears of War 1 came out… so….

    its sad… but not totally. Hell sony doesnt support ps2 online in several of its games… So all i can say is thanks for supporting the play of halo 2 through the release of halo 3 and a bit more.

    Can we get less money taking for a renewal of live? or perhaps more exclusives for gold members? Thats all I really want. Deal of the Week is good but its not enough.

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  • b12arr0

    Bye Bye, Xbox 1 and games on XBL. You will be missed. Not much though since I replaced you with a 360 the day it came out and haven’t looked back since.

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  • The Bill Payer

    I like to know how Microsoft is going to compensate users who may of just renewed their subscriptions and are using an original Xbox console. My guess? Their not going to and are going to tell people who call in to complain to buy an Xbox 360. Sorry Microsoft but not everyone has that option. This is why the Xbox 360 is the ONLY Microsoft product I’ll use and that’s even starting to slow down in favor the Playstation 3.

    ~fin~

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  • Thief000

    So you’re shutting down a service people PAY for??? And what of the members with just an Xbox that have just bought a month or alot more of subscriptions? Are you going to pay them back?

    What is your goal in this? Terminating the 100 person friends list limit? Why not make a virtual friends list instead, letting you choose 100 friens with a “favorite” or “Xbox Live compatible” tag, so that only this virtual list shows up on original Xbox and the other ones you add on the 360 as well?.

    I’m glad I don’t own an original Xbox right now…

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  • The KaneRobot

    I enjoy and have supported your system since early 2006, so why do you guys continue to crap on me? Over the past year I’ve seen you guys remove the video cables that should be standard with the system (even in the so-called Elite model), tell me I’m going to have to buy the same game I already purchased to be able to play it in your “arcade room,” continue on with the completely ridiculous BS pricing of your accessories…and now this. Why is Microsoft trying to undo all the goodwill they built up during the first few years of the console’s lifespan? Is it because they know they already have a fairly large installed user base and can do whatever they want at this point?

    Well good for Microsoft if so, but it is going to take a LOT to get me to buy the next console. Not that I should expect Microsoft to care about their customers – it took years to own up to the red ring issue that MS was aware of even prior to the console coming out – but it’s like you guys are TRYING to get me to stop buying your products. You’re doing a good job – no way in hell I’m buying the next console until MS proves itself and gets away from these constant disappointments.

    I can still play old PS2 games online…for free. This nonsense is absolutely inexcusable.

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