We all knew this day would come. Back in the subscripts of our minds we feared that Microsoft would one day finally pull the plug on our original Xbox Live gaming and the orders for termination have been delivered.
According to some, the original Xbox games and systems have been the sole cause holding back a lot of new XBL features, some of which include raising the cap on your friends list and mobile tie-ins.
What is happening is that any original Xbox console connected to Xbox Live will be permanently disconnected from Live. But the original Xbox hating doesn't stop there. Microsoft is even going as far as to discontinue Xbox Live for any and all original Xbox games still being played on Live. That includes any original Xbox games downloaded onto your 360 or being played on your 360 via backwards compatibility.
In a statement from Marc Whitten, GM of Xbox Live, "On April 15, we will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for the original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox v1 games playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals. This isn't a decision we made lightly, but after careful consideration, it is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community."
Whitten also said that "As we look down the road, we'll continue to evolve the service with features and experiences that harness the full power of Xbox 360. To reach our aspiration, we need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games." But Whitten and the Live people do not plan to cut off the faithful Xbox v1 gamers with no compensation. Whitten says that he "views you as partners" and went on to say "I encourage you to check your LIVE messages and associated e-mail account over the coming weeks for more details and opportunities."
What this could me for the ones out there still clinging to Halo 2 and games of that sort is till unclear. Maybe it means a coupon or some free XBL months or content but nevertheless it is good to see Microsoft taking an interest in the original Xbox gamers out there. This announcement comes to us just a few days before the X10 event taking place February 11th in San Fransisco which, I don't think, is a coincidence. I am positive we will find out most of the details by then so check back here for updates.
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