RIP, Xbox Stay (2002-2021)

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The title “Xbox Stay” is useless. You’ll nonetheless be capable to play Xbox video games on-line, however the suite of Xbox’s on-line providers will now be often known as “Xbox network,” Microsoft confirmed right this moment to The Verge.

This morning, many Xbox customers observed a small change on the the Xbox dashboard. Whereas importing a screenshot to Xbox Stay, some gamers observed a reference to “Xbox community” the place “Xbox Stay” was.

“‘Xbox community’ refers back to the underlying Xbox on-line service, which was up to date within the Microsoft Providers Settlement,” a Microsoft spokesperson informed The Verge. “The replace from ‘Xbox Stay’ to ‘Xbox community’ is meant to tell apart the underlying service from Xbox Stay Gold memberships.”

First launched in 2002, Xbox Stay allowed gamers to play Xbox video games on-line for a payment. The 9 unique Stay-compatible video games included MechAssault and NFL Fever 2003. As of final yr, the service is not obtainable for the unique 2001 Xbox, however a third-party undertaking is making an attempt to revive performance.

Xbox Stay Gold, which prices $10 a month and is critical to play video games on-line, comes bundled with subscriptions to Xbox Sport Go Final, Microsoft’s $15-monthly games-on-demand service. Members of Xbox Stay Gold additionally get “free” video games each month by way of a program often known as “Video games with Gold.” In an investor name this yr, Microsoft confirmed that Sport Go has 18 million subscribers, a 20-percent leap from the autumn.

In January, Microsoft introduced an intention to extend the value of Xbox Stay Gold, making it so the minimal (official) annual value would leap from $60 to $120. Following widespread backlash, Microsoft reversed course and additional introduced that Xbox Stay Gold would not be essential to play free-to-play video games. That change will occur sooner or later within the coming months, with no agency date but.

Within the meantime, let’s take a stroll down reminiscence lane and relive among the finest Xbox Stay reminiscences:

  • Fishing across the web for discounted one-year playing cards of Xbox Stay Gold, so that you didn’t must pay $60 for a year-long subscription.
  • Digging out your dusty Xbox 360 to extend the size of your gamertag.
  • Lengthy days spent taking part in Halo 2 over the web.
  • Not with the ability to formally play Halo: Fight Advanced on-line.

Lengthy reside Xbox Stay.

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