Microsoft is pulling the plug on its Xbox Live service for orginal consoles and games, including Xbox v1 games playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals. On April 15, 2010, Microsoft plans to change and evolve the Live services to further it with new features for Xbox gamers. Microsoft’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb broke the news on his blog this morning.
“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,” says Hryb. “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.”
Hryb says the first step in this shutdown will be to immediately discontinue the auto-renewals for gamers still subscribed to the service through an original Xbox. He also noted that Xbox Live’s General Manager, Marc Whitten, also has some things to say about the shutdown. Whitten claims Microsoft needed to make changes to the service which are actually incompatible with the original Xbox v1 games.
“We’ll share more details soon, but in the meantime I want to assure you that the best is yet to come for Xbox LIVE,” says Whitten. “I believe we’ll look back on 2010 as a landmark year in gaming and home entertainment, and I couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store with “Project Natal” and LIVE.”
Microsoft says this isn’t an official goodbye—just a temporary one until Live can be revamped and evolve– so take off your funeral garb Xbox gamers and have a little faith in the future of Live.
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