Microsoft to end original Xbox game support, starting April 15

For a while now, Microsoft has allowed people to purchase and download original Xbox games (appropriately named Xbox Originals) on Xbox Live, in order for them to be played on their Xbox 360 console. As you'd imagine, this support could only go so far, and now it's official – according to The Gamerscore Blog, Microsoft will be ending support for the originals, beginning April 15.

What this means is that you'll no longer be able to purchase and play some of the games that made the Xbox famous, such as Halo, via Xbox Live; it also means that you'll no longer be able to play multiplayer original Xbox games over the Internet, as the online support is ending. If you have the game disk, you won't be able to compete against others on Xbox Live, though services such as system link will, of course, be just fine. Microsoft employee Marc Whitten has stated that there'll be some additional details regarding this coming soon, as well as some "opportunities," (whatever that may mean) as the company views users as 'partners' in this situation.

Whitten also stated that this hasn't been an easy decision for Microsoft to make, so why did it have to be done? As Engadget noted, the original Xbox games give the Live service its 100 friend limit, which is a common complaint amongst members. That, combined with a range of other issues, is holding back Xbox Live – in general, it will mean a better service in the long run, even if Microsoft has to take a bit of heat for it in the meantime. If you regularly play original Xbox games online, you'd best get in as much playtime as you can now, before things come to a close on April 15.

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Raa said,
And this, my friends, is why I stick to the PC. Out of date? Never! :D

What about when they release games that require DirectX 10 or something and your PC is no longer supported by that... PC gamers I've known in the past upgrade their equipment a heck of a lot more often than I ever upgrade my consoles...

Raa said,
And this, my friends, is why I stick to the PC. Out of date? Never! :D

Exactly the reason why I bought my xbox 360...
in addition to the fact that there are a bunch of exclusives...

furthermore:
split-screen gaming / coop works -> sick and tired of having to have 2 computers for gaming with friends...
easier to carry around (don't tell me about laptops!)
a PC WILL fail to comply with requirements FASTER...
no worries about "ideal gfx settings" heck, it's popping in your disk and boom! xD
it's cheaper to acquire the current generation. meaning... in one decade, i will on average spend about max 1000 bucks on those 2 consoles i need for a decade, to always play the latest games...
try that with a PC... good'o luck'o my friend! XP
and last but not least: IMHO: a console has a nicer feeling, a nicer atmosphere for the gaming...

Glassed Silver:win

Edited by Glassed Silver, Feb 7 2010, 9:44pm :

Raa said,
And this, my friends, is why I stick to the PC. Out of date? Never! :D

Tend to agree with you here, I can always use a virtual pc to install Windows 98, Dos, etc and play older games in the environment they were designed for.

It's been a good run. I was an original beta tester for the live service way back when. (I may still have my original orange memory pack... somwhered hmm).

From what I have read over the years, yes, the friends limit was affected by the original infrastructure, but it also takes resources to support. Plus, it would seem that the tech has evolved to the cloud and I wonder how much the old infrastructure fit.

Also, with the rumors of XBL coming to other devices this might allow for more compatability.

majg said,
Also, with the rumors of XBL coming to other devices this might allow for more compatability.

That's a good point. Who knows what else may have been limited by the old infrastructure... I'm sure they have to make many changes to make it compatible for mobile devices and such...

That really sucks. I still play Battlefront 2 till this day. Maybe I'll look into the PS2 version then. Really wish they made a Battlefront game for this generation of consoles.

NeoTrunks said,
That really sucks. I still play Battlefront 2 till this day. Maybe I'll look into the PS2 version then. Really wish they made a Battlefront game for this generation of consoles.

In case you're wondering, the Battlefront II PS2 servers ARE still up. I just picked up a used copy of it at a thrift store the other day.

So if the game works with BC already in place, your fine, if not... it never will.
You will not be able to buy any xbox 1 titles anymore...
If you bought an xbox electronic version will you be able to re-download from market place?

Why remove something already in place that makes money and just stop adding new titles?

Umm. Are you sure you know what you're talking about? You can of course buy Xbox titles, both used and from the Marketplace.

They're removing it so that the previous server usage can be allocated to the newer games. Come on, it's been almost 5 years since the 360 launched, how many more do you think it's been since the original?

Edited by LiquidSolstice, Feb 5 2010, 2:29pm :

LiquidSolstice said,
Umm. Are you sure you know what you're talking about? You can of course buy Xbox titles, both used and from the Marketplace.

They're removing it so that the previous server usage can be allocated to the newer games. Come on, it's been almost 5 years since the 360 launched, how many more do you think it's been since the original?

Ah it just the live service, I still hope they support DLC for downloading offline content.

jstillion said,

Ah it just the live service, I still hope they support DLC for downloading offline content.

Erm. They don't make DLC for old Xbox games?

BaikenGuro said,
I think if you have more than 100 friends it's time to reevaluate just how much of a friend those 100 individuals are.

Precisely.

BaikenGuro said,
I think if you have more than 100 friends it's time to reevaluate just how much of a friend those 100 individuals are.

I agree. I have 4 I think... LMAO

Now, I can imagine having more, but 100 seems a bit ridiculous...

If you regularly play original Xbox games online, you'd best get in as much playtime as you can now, before things come to a close on April 15.

You could also use Xbox tunnelling services like Xlink Kai Evolution, and continue playing beyond April 15. Having said that, they're no where near as popular as Xbox Live.

DeltaFalcon said,

You could also use Xbox tunnelling services like Xlink Kai Evolution, and continue playing beyond April 15. Having said that, they're no where near as popular as Xbox Live.

They might get more popular when they're the only option left.

Err, so why can't they just run an older version of Xbox Live alongside? 100 friend limit? So only send the old school Xbox 100 friends...

Pc_Madness said,
Err, so why can't they just run an older version of Xbox Live alongside? 100 friend limit? So only send the old school Xbox 100 friends...

Well, you can play these original XBox games on the XBox 360 as well, so I don't think that would be possible...

The created Windows, Windows Server, Office, etc etc, and they can't make the friend list go to +100 because some backward compatibility?

Pulgafree said,
The created Windows, Windows Server, Office, etc etc, and they can't make the friend list go to +100 because some backward compatibility?

im sure an update to the original xbox could fix it

Pulgafree said,
The created Windows, Windows Server, Office, etc etc, and they can't make the friend list go to +100 because some backward compatibility?

Really? You can really keep track of 100+ friends?

goji said,

Facebook? :P


Yeah, because <insert band member's name here> is REALLY a friend of yours too.

Edited by Raa, Feb 6 2010, 1:27am :

Pulgafree said,
The created Windows, Windows Server, Office, etc etc, and they can't make the friend list go to +100 because some backward compatibility?

It was Bungie's fault, the Halo 2 code restricted it.

omnicoder said,

It was Bungie's fault, the Halo 2 code restricted it.

wouldn't it be enough to screw halo 2 support alone then?
oh noes, let me guess: inconsistence... argh...

bummer...

Glassed Silver:win

So know I assume they will increase the Friend level cap at 100 to more, as Old Xbox live was the restriciting issue.

Matt Hardwick said,
Any news on updates for old games? I still have loads of old games I need to play through again.

They announced a couple years ago that they were done with BC patching.