The gaming landscape is undergoing major changes as Microsoft announces the closure of the Xbox 360 Market. The company has confirmed that July 29, 2024 will be the day the Xbox 360 Marketplace closes, affecting the ability to purchase new games, downloadable content, and other entertainment items from the Xbox 360 Store on the console or the Xbox 360 Market in the browser. Despite this change, players will still be able to enjoy existing games and previously made purchases.
A change in the gaming experience
The announcement made by Microsoft highlights that, starting July 29, 2024, users will not be able to purchase new games or downloadable content from the Xbox 360 Marketplace. However, the ability to play Xbox 360 games and downloadable content already purchased will not be available. Will be affected. This means that players will be able to continue playing and redownloading the games they already own on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, or Xbox Series console through backward compatibility.
Preserving the legacy of Xbox 360
The closure of the Xbox 360 Market marks an important milestone in the evolution of the video game industry. Since its launch in November 2005, the Xbox 360 has left a lasting mark on video game history. Microsoft recognizes this influence and highlights the importance of preserving the ability to play content purchased on the platform. The company is also committed to continuing to support Xbox 360 gameplay for the foreseeable future.
Answers to common questions
Microsoft has answered several questions that may arise with this change:
- Can I still play my Xbox 360 games after July 2024? Yes, players will be able to continue playing games they have purchased on the Xbox 360 console.
- Can I still play online with friends? Yes, players will be able to continue playing and connecting with friends through online multiplayer, as long as the game publisher continues to support the online servers.
- Can I still purchase and play backwards compatible Xbox 360 titles? Yes, players will still be able to purchase and play hundreds of backwards compatible Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox.com.
- What will happen to the Microsoft Movies & TV app on Xbox 360? The Microsoft Movies & TV app will no longer work on Xbox 360 after July 29, 2024. Purchased content can still be viewed on Windows 10 or later, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S devices.
The closure of the Xbox 360 Market marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new stage in the history of video games. Microsoft continues to focus on delivering the best possible experience on its current and future gaming platforms, while supporting the access and playability of the Xbox 360 legacy.