Launched in November 2002, Xbox Live has been one of the biggest success stories for Microsoft in this and the previous gaming generation. Nothing lasts forever, however, and for those of you out there who are still keeping the Halo 2 fight alive, come April 15th, expect everything to go dark. Xbox 1 fans will no longer be able to game online.
Microsoft spokesperson Major Nelson announced on his site:
“I wanted to let you know that on April 15, 2010 Microsoft will discontinue Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox 1 games playable on Xbox 360.
Our first step in this process will be to turn off auto-renewals for those members who only use Xbox LIVE on a v1 Xbox. While I can’t comment on the specifics, this change will allow us to continue evolving the LIVE service with new features and experiences that fully harness the power of Xbox 360 and the Xbox LIVE community.
We did not make this decision lightly, but after careful consideration and review we realize that this decision will allow us unprecedented flexibility for future features.
The best is yet to come, and we look forward to sharing more details in the near future.”
The cessation of support for the original Xbox Live platform might be a hard pill for some to swallow, especially considering the service still sees its fair share of traffic.
If there are positives to come out of this decision, as suggested by Nelson himself above, some of the restrictions experienced by regular 360 users should now fall away. Like, the 100 friend list cap for example.
Mentioned a few times over the years, Microsoft have always intimated that the main reason the current cap is in place is due to how the original XBL hard-codes the feature. With the upcoming discontinuation in April, however, it would appear that they have no further obstacles to overcome.
Happy days for all you popular people out there. A sad day for those of you stuck in the past. Our condolences to you and yours.