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Why Did Microsoft Kill Xbox Live?

Back in February, Microsoft announced that it was pulling the plug on the original Xbox Live Service. A few eyebrows were raised and people started to wonder why. What did Microsoft have up their sleeves which meant they had to kill the good old Xbox Live which was the home of Halo 2 multiplayer? The speculation was rife with most people coming to the conclusion that all would be revealed at this years E3.

It’s clear to see that the current XBL that we all know and love was operating under the constraints of the service launced for the Xbox and one example of this was the friend limit restriction of 100 friends.  So how come E3 came and went and nothing was revealed?  We are all still operating under and connecting to the same XBL service we have since the start of 2010.  It is even more baffling that Microsoft didn’t even tease the gaming world with some of the upcoming enhancements in the light of Sony’s announcement of PSN+.

If I fell asleep for 10 seconds during the Microsoft E3 keynote and missed how they quickly mentioned something that explained the urgency to disconnect Xbox Live (Original) then please could someone comment below to fill me in? Or was it somehow connected to Kinect and its functionality?

Even better still, what enhancements are you now expecting with the next Xbox dashboard update, half a year after the light went out on the original XBL?

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  • Exu

    They did it for the lulz, clearly.

  • VJ

    Awhile back, 1UP.com stated that the reason the XBL friends list was only limited to 100 players was because of the original XBL having something to do with it. I think because of that, Microsoft killed XBL 1.0. I’m not sure why Microsoft hasn’t announced anything about new features on XBL besides ESPN and such.

    • dynamicgrimking

      they want to keep it a secret. look at the hulu announcement. we didn’t hear about it at e3 and yet we are getting hulu plus

  • John Lock

    Way to go VJ. The author clearly said that already.

  • Tadow

    Half a year? They pulled the plug on the original XBL just over a month ago, and you’re already expecting a plethora of new features? You can’t expected such enhancements so soon – PlayStation Plus has been mooted for well over a year now.

  • Micro$oft

    They did it for the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    They don’t want to spend money supporting old games. So they kill them and make everyone buy the new Halo games with more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    it’s that simple.

  • dox

    They killed it to make money? You do know by killing it they lost money right? There were are half a million people on live still using original Xboxs. It didn’t cost them money for people to play old games cause its p2p. Think before you type