For anyone playing original Xbox games over Xbox Live: your days are numbered.

 

Microsoft has announced the discontinuation of service for online features of games released on the first Xbox. This will go into effect on April 15 and will include games playable on Xbox 360, and those bought digitally as Xbox Originals.

 

"I want to start by saying this isn’t a decision we made lightly," said Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten in an open letter to Xbox Live members. "But after careful consideration, it is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community."

 

Whitten said Microsoft is looking to make changes to the service that are incompatible with the older titles. They will be in contact with those affected by this move.

 

"We will contact the Xbox LIVE members directly impacted by this change and if this includes you, I encourage you to check your LIVE messages and associated e-mail account over the coming weeks for more details and opportunities," said Whitten. "We view you as a partner in this process."

 

 

Ian Mailloux, NoobFeed.

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  • Another shameful way to increase 360 sales I assume


    Posted Feb 05, 2010

  • Yep, that's all this is. It's unfortunate that the few people still playing Xbox online won't be able to anymore.


    Posted Feb 05, 2010

  • Everything has an end. The final countdown for Xbox has been initiated. Keep your consoles and games lads, soon they will be considered extremely retro and hard to find.


    Posted Feb 06, 2010

  • I don't play any of the old ones online anymore, but this is still complete bull.


    Posted Feb 06, 2010

  • Who plays the old games online anymore?


    Posted Feb 06, 2010

  • This is a bad move, I know lots of people who still play Halo online. And yeah, Sleven's assessment seems to be spot on.


    Posted Feb 06, 2010

  • I'm sure there will be enough protest against this decision. There are still gamers who play old games online.


    Posted Feb 06, 2010

  • I never even bother getting a original Xbox because I heard bad things. I hope they dont end up doing this with the 360 because Ill probably still be playing it.


    Posted Feb 08, 2010

  • I'm having 2nd thoughts getting a Xbox360 after reading this news. Microsoft might just consider to discontinue Xbox360 Live services in the future for the "greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community"


    Posted Feb 08, 2010

  • It's time to move on to the next gen, I think they stuck around long enough for the original xbox


    Posted Feb 11, 2010

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