Today Microsoft announced that it plans to shut down Xbox Live service for the original Xbox on April 15. According to Microsoft by discontinuing original Xbox support, it “will allow us to continue evolving the Live service.”
How does this affect you? Well, shutting down Xbox Live for the original Xbox means that all version one Xbox games that are playable on the Xbox 360, as well as Xbox Originals, will no longer be playable online.
Xbox Live general manager Mark Witten stated, “I want to start by saying 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.”
Why is this change coming about? According to Witten, there are some improvements coming to Xbox Live that just are not compatible with the Original Xbox and it’s games. He stated, “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.” He also added “To reach our aspiration, we need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games.”
What do you guys think about this? For me this has very little effect. I never really play any Xbox original titles, so I can’t complain. However, I can imagine that there are still some folks out there who play Halo 2 online and who will be incredibly pissed when they hear about this.