To make way for the new Games on Demand service, Microsoft will be ending the Xbox Originals service on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Xbox Originals offer downloadable Xbox games. Microsoft entered the video game home console market on November 15, 2001 with the Xbox. It was one of the most revolutionary consoles of all time due to one reason: it made online gameplay a stable to the video game industry. Xbox came with a built-in Ethernet port and an internal hard drive. Both features are essential to the online component. Eventually, Microsoft was able to successful launch Xbox Live, which has since ballooned on the Xbox 360.
Even with all its innovative features and being the most powerful video game system on the industry at that time, the Xbox barely made a dent in the mass market. Still, it managed to produce some of the best games in recent years.
The Xbox 360, the successor of the original, launched on November 22, 2005. The second video game system from Microsoft sold much better than the first. Still, Microsoft didn’t forget about its first venture. On 2007-12-04December 4, 2007, they launched the Xbox Originals service, a storefront on the Xbox Live Marketplace where players can buy and download Xbox games from the past.
Nothing is added to the Xbox Originals other than that it can load straight from the hard drive on the Xbox 360. The games are sold at 1200 Microsoft Points or $14.99 in real life money.
There are 31 Xbox Orignals on the Xbox Live Martplace. Two of the titles, Magatama and Puyo Pop Fever, are exclusive to the Japanese region. Some of the high profile games are Halo: Combat Evolved, Fable, Ninja Gaiden Black, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Jade Empire and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Before ending the Xbox Originals service, Microsoft is planning to add one more game. Presumably, it will be Halo 2, which is the most popular exclusive game on the original Xbox. Unfortunately, several less popular titles (like Panzer Dragoon Saga, for example) will be omitted from the service. Niche and rare titles are what makes retro services so desirable; so many fans can’t help but be disappointed with closing of Xbox Originals.
Games on Demand have replaced the Xbox Originals service on Xbox Live Marketplace. All games on Xbox Originals have been carried over to Games on Demand. However, the new service will only release downloadable Xbox 360 games from here on out. The first set of new releases for Games on Demand is coming out this fall.