Microsoft Bins Xbox Originals

First launched in 2007, Microsoft's "Xbox Originals" scheme seemed an easy way to re-release old Xbox titles on the 360 as a digital download, and make a buck off them in the process. Hasn't worked out that way.

After an initial flurry of titles, releases for the service soon slowed to the point where most of you probably forgot it was even around. And it may as well have disappeared, with Microsoft saying it has now "finished its portfolio" of releases for the service, and that following one final release (which has yet to be determined), there will be no more Xbox games offered for download.

Shame. The service had real potential. Or, it would have if Microsoft had bothered releasing more stuff like Psychonauts, or had fixed some backwards-compatibility issues so they could sell Jet Set Radio and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath.

E3 2009: The End of Originals [IGN]


    Im not really phased by this. Who wants to play these old games anyhoo?

      Its not whether you are interested or not, its all about expanding the service and giving you the choice. Something Microsoft does not seem to do with their console.

    What! instead of releasing a bunch of half asses games, (except jade empire, halo, ect) why don't they put the AAA titles on there? what about brute force or KOTOR I and II? i'm sure they would sell well! well this sucks, it did have tons of promise... well in any case i hope they change their mind, can't wait for them to release perfect dark on the arcade, its gonna be sweet!

    Not to mention the outlandish price!

    Cause Brute Force and Fusion Frenzy were AAAAALWAYS going to be huge sellers...wern't they Microsoft...morons!

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