Its the end of an era, Microsoft have announced that the Xbox 360 Marketplace will close on July 29th, 2024. This means that it will no longer be possible to purchase games or DLC on the Xbox 360.
It is estimated that around 220 digital only games will disappear when the Xbox 360 Marketplace closes, presuming any games that are backwards compatible on the Xbox One / Series are still available to purchase on newer consoles.
Digiex has hosted a lot of Xbox 360 demos and arcade games for well over 15 years now, including some popular early releases before wide availability on Xbox Live, including the Resident Evil 5 Demo, Left 4 Dead Demo, and the Duke Nukem Forever Demo.
Of course we have have a vast collection of Xbox 360 Content built up over the years by like minded people who found Digiex and helped to contribute.
Efforts have been underway for several years now to preserve all the content on the Xbox 360 Marketplace, not just the demos and arcade games. Between myself and a few other like minded people we estimate that vast majority of content has already been preserved, both by pooling our existing collections and a little trickery to download some already delisted content that still exists on the servers. So fear not, once the Marketplace closes for good this major part of gaming history will not be list for good, some way will be found to make this archive accessible to all.
Microsoft do state it will be possible to play and re-download previously purchased content and that Xbox Live support will continue for now on the Xbox 360, so its nice that one of my favourite consoles will still live on for now.