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End of an Era: Microsoft Announces Closure of Xbox 360 Online Store in 2024

In a move signaling the focus on newer technology, Microsoft has announced the closure of the Xbox 360's online store and marketplace, effective from July 29, 2024.

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Microsoft to Close Xbox 360 Online Store on July 29, 2024

Microsoft revealed that the Xbox 360 Store and Xbox 360 Marketplace will be shut down on July 29, 2024. Gamers who still use the old console will no longer be able to purchase and download new games, according to information released on Xbox's official website.

Older Xbox 360 Games Still Playable Despite Closure

Though new purchases will be halted, Microsoft is still allowing users to play their previously purchased Xbox 360 games and older titles that are compatible with the console.

Technology Evolution Leads Microsoft to Focus on Xbox Series X|S

Reflecting on the technological advancements since Xbox 360's launch in 2005, Xbox emphasized the shift in focus towards making Xbox Series X|S the best gaming platform for now and the future.

Xbox 360's Legacy and the Rise of Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft ceased production of the Xbox 360 in 2016, and the following year introduced Xbox Game Pass, a subscription gaming service accessible on various platforms. This paragraph traces the console's history and the emergence of new subscription services.

Removal of the Movies & TV App and Xbox 360's Sales Milestones

As part of the latest move, the Movies & TV app on the older console will also be removed. Additionally, the Xbox 360's status as one of the best-selling gaming consoles is highlighted, with approximately 84 million units sold until 2014, making it a significant rival to Sony's PlayStation 3.