On April 15th, all active servers for original Xbox Live subscribers will be shut off, announced Microsoft, – which means that all multiplayer components of original Xbox games, including those available through Xbox 360‘s Xbox Originals program, will no longer be accessible. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb said in his initial announcement that “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.” It was also revealed in Feb that retaining compatibility with the original service is rumored to be the reason behind Live’s current 100 friend limit.Xbox live was the first robust online gaming community for a console, succeeding where Sega’s Dreamcast failed. Games like Halo 2 and the Battlefield franchise made multiplayer online console gaming an industry all its own, and games are released that are designed purely based around their quality in online matches over Xbox Live.
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