Microsoft will shut the Xbox 360 Retailer subsequent yr, making it unimaginable for gamers to buy new video games, DLC, or different content material on that console. Nonetheless, gamers will nonetheless have the ability to play all the video games and DLC they’ve already bought.
When is the Xbox 360 Retailer closing?
The Xbox 360 Retailer will shut on July 29, 2024. After this date, there’ll now not be any solution to buy video games and DLC from the Xbox 360 console, nor will gamers have the ability to get content material from the Xbox 360 Market.
All video games and DLC bought from the Xbox 360 Retailer earlier than that date will stay playable on Xbox 360, in addition to Xbox One and Xbox Sequence X|S via backward compatibility. Even when a recreation has been deleted from the console’s storage gadget, it may be redownloaded out of your buy historical past.
Backward suitable Xbox 360 video games may also nonetheless be bought from the Xbox One Retailer, Xbox Sequence X|S Retailer, and Xbox.com after July 29. There are almost 290 backward suitable video games, though no extra are anticipated to be added to that checklist following the final drop of greater than 70 video games again in 2021. This does imply that there are numerous titles that had been launched all through the console’s 18-year historical past that will probably be roughly misplaced (or considerably tougher to acquire) when the Xbox 360 Retailer closes, although.
Lastly, the Microsoft Films & TV app will even cease engaged on Xbox 360 consoles on July 29. All films and TV already bought on the Xbox 360 will probably be viewable within the app on Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X|S, and PC. Content material that’s eligible for Films Wherever will also be seen within the Films Wherever app or web site.
Dave McCarthy, CVP Xbox Participant Providers, defined the rationale for the closure is that “lots has modified because the Xbox 360 launched in 2005. Know-how has advanced, [and] expectations from gamers have shifted.” Nonetheless, he goes on to say that “what has not modified is [Microsoft’s] dedication to preserving your skill to play the content material you might have already bought in your most popular gadget, which suggests [Microsoft is] dedicated to supporting Xbox 360 gameplay for the foreseeable future.”