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Xbox Live Discontinued!

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Woah there folks. Put down your pitchforks and dial down the vitriol. Yes, the headline is true – but it only pertains to the original Xbox, and original Xbox games played on Live.

Come April 15th, owners of the first Xbox will no longer be able to play Halo 2 and…um..whatever else it is people play. These are modern times, and this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. What is a little surprising is the reason for the discontinuance.

According to Xbox Live’s Major Nelson :

I wanted to let you know that on April 15, 2010 Microsoft will discontinue Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox 1 games playable on Xbox 360. Our first step in this process will be to turn off auto-renewals for those members who only use Xbox LIVE on a v1 Xbox. 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. 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.

does this mean the Xbox Live friends list will be bolstered to support more than just the 100 people it currently does? Probably, as they’ve always cited the original Xbox Live infrastructure as the barrier. But what else could this herald? Xbox Live does, after all, already support cross-game chat.

Source : Major Nelson

Last Updated: February 5, 2010


  1. Uncle

    February 5, 2010 at 11:14

    Oh my… how dare they do this to me *rabble rabble rabble*


  2. WitWolfyZA

    February 5, 2010 at 11:26

    I couldn’t be bothered, i never used my Xbox1 for more then Xbox Media Center anyways


  3. ClericZA

    February 5, 2010 at 11:54

    So no more Conker:Live and Reloaded Multiplayer? :angry:
    Oh well, not like we could ever get a decent game going locally.


  4. bo0m!

    February 5, 2010 at 12:05

    Maybe this means that the friends list will now be able to have more people! 😀


  5. Q121

    February 5, 2010 at 12:32

    Wel the whole reason the friends list is clamped at 100 is because of the dunces that still play Halo 2…. come now people…


  6. Snoop

    February 5, 2010 at 19:41

    Does it mean LIVE will support MOAR countries ?


    • WitWolfyZA

      February 8, 2010 at 07:49

      Very unlikely, its just another gimmic to force ppl who were still playing on the Xbox 1 to switch over to 360 now


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