Microsoft said on Thursday it would pull the plug on Xbox 360’s online store and marketplace next year, as it focuses on its latest consoles and subscription service Game Pass.
Microsoft is, however, allowing users to play with their already purchased Xbox 360 games and older titles that are compatible with the console.
“A lot has changed since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005. Technology has evolved, expectations from players have shifted, and we are focused on making Xbox Series X|S the best place to play now and in the future,” Xbox said.
Microsoft stopped the production of 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 on the older console will also be removed.
Xbox 360 is regarded as one of the best-selling gaming consoles of all time, right up against Sony’s PlayStation 3. Microsoft had sold about 84 million units of Xbox 360 till 2014, which is when it stopped reporting its sales because of the launch of the successor Xbox One.
The Xbox 360 is well on its way out, but Microsoft already has sights on its next generation of consoles. Court documents from the FTC trial over the Xbox parent’s attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard revealed that the company believes the next generation of gaming consoles should be out in 2028. These include the next Xbox console and the PlayStation 6.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is introducing a new strike system to clamp down on toxic behaviour among its online players on Xbox. Players found exhibiting toxic behaviour such as using slurs, sending threats, and indulging in hateful conduct and bullying while gaming online can now be reported, following which they will receive strikes. Each strike comes with a period of ban from Xbox multiplayer services, and accumulating eight strikes would lead to a year-long ban.
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