What you need to know

  • Xbox recently posted a bulletin on its Xbox Live status page stating that some Xbox 360 games will be removed from digital storefronts on February 7, 2023.
  • Although some of these games are backwards compatible, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S do not have corresponding store listings.
  • This should not affect users who already have these titles.
  • It remains to be seen how this update will affect store listings on modern Xbox consoles with backwards compatibility, and we’ve reached out to Microsoft for clarification.

Update, January 31, 2023 at 4:00 PM CT: in his statement to GematsuMicrosoft has confirmed that “starting February 7, 2023, limited game bundles, add-ons, and in-game content will no longer be available for purchase in select markets through the Xbox 360 Store. These titles will no longer be available for purchase only through the Xbox 360 Store and Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Titles available for purchase in their store. You’ll still be able to play discs or preloaded games on your Xbox 360 and modern consoles. These are backward compatible titles.”

This confirms user speculation that Microsoft’s recent removal of certain Xbox 360 games from the legacy Xbox 360 platform will not affect the availability of those games on modern Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles. However, this still stops backwards compatible games from being available on their original platform, while even games that are backwards compatible on modern Xboxes may no longer be available due to games not being listed in the current Xbox Store, e.g. Like DOOM 3 and Jet Set Radio.

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