Microsoft will shut down its Xbox 360 digital store in July next year, though everything purchased will still be accessible.
Starting July 29, 2024, Xbox 360 users will no longer be able to purchase new games, downloadable content, or other entertainment content from both the console store and the web marketplace. Also, the Microsoft Movies & TV app on Xbox 360 will stop working.
Of course, the store will continue to operate as normal until that date in July.
After that time, purchased games will still be playable and deleted purchases will be re-downloadable. Online multiplayer will also continue to be accessible for games already purchased (digitally or physically), as long as the publisher supports the servers.
Additionally, users will still be able to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles through backwards compatibility, and hundreds of games will continue to be available for purchase on those consoles.
“A lot has changed since the launch of Xbox 360 in 2005. Technology has evolved, gamer expectations have changed, and we’re focused on making Xbox Series X/S the best place to play now and in the future.says a post on the Xbox blog about the update.
“What hasn’t changed is our commitment to preserving your ability to play content you’ve already purchased on your preferred device, which means we’re committed to supporting Xbox 360 gameplay for the foreseeable future, and you’ll still be able to play and play again. download previously purchased content and connect with friends“.
This coming November marks 18 years since Xbox 360 was first released.