Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Microsoft announced plans to close its XBOX 360 online store next year. This move was taken to focus the company’s attention on the latest video game consoles and the Game Pass subscription service.
The Xbox 360 Store and Xbox 360 Marketplace will close on July 29, 2023. Owners of older Microsoft consoles will no longer be able to purchase and download new games.
However, owners of older Xbox consoles can still play their purchased Xbox 360 games or other older video game titles.
“A lot has changed since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005. Technologies are changing, expectations are shifting, and we’re focused on making Xbox Series X|S the best place to game now and in the future,” Microsoft said in a statement. Reuters, Friday (18/8/2023).
Production of the Xbox 360 has been stopped since 2016. A year later, Micorosft launched Xbox Game Pass, a subscription game service that can be accessed from Windows-based consoles and computers.
Apart from the online store, Microsoft will also stop the Movies and TV applications on the older generation of consoles.
According to Reuters, Xbox 360 is one of the video game machines with the highest sales figures, competing with the Sony Playstation 3.
Microsoft stated that 84 million Xbox 360 units were sold through 2014. Xbox 360 sales figures have not been announced since Microsoft launched the Xbox One.
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