So, it looks like Microsoft is going to shut down the XBOX Live service. No, I’m not talking about maintenance, I am talking about a complete shutdown of the service. Microsoft plans to shut down XBOX LIVE on April 15th.
Auto-renewals will not be continued, so don’t worry about that. The service might be shut down, but in the background they are already working on an improved XBOX service, something that might have more potential in the future. After all, XBOX LIVE is already 8 years old (launched in 2002).
Microsoft’s XBOX LIVE service counts about 23 millions members. Do you really think that Microsoft would just throw it all away? Of course not! It looks like Microsoft is preparing a really decent service that is related to Microsoft’s upcoming Project Natal.
XBOX LIVE Manager, Marc Whitten, revealed the breaking news via a press release on GamerScoreBlog.com. There, he also writes:
We’ll share more details soon, but in the meantime I want to assure you that the best is yet to come for Xbox LIVE. I believe we’ll look back on 2010 as a landmark year in gaming and home entertainment, and I couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store with “Project Natal” and LIVE. The LIVE community is the driving force behind everything we do, and it’s because of the community that ground-breaking experiences on Xbox continue to be possible.
So, it definitely has something to do with Project Natal. They are about to release something new, something that might be another gamer-changer like XBOX LIVE.
RIP XBOX Live