Update to the update: Phew, this thing keeps going! Despite the message still being live on the website at the time of writing this update, a spokesperson from Microsoft has reportedly claimed it as an error, stating the Xbox 360 Marketplace will not be shutting down in May. Why the message would have been written in the first place, especially with a specific date in mind, is still a mystery though so we’ll continue to follow along with this story.
The Xbox 360 marketplace will not close in May 2023, a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to Gematsu. A listing stating it would close, which appears when searching for "Xbox 360 Markteplace" on the Xbox Support website, was posted in error. pic.twitter.com/NYL41C0pW5
Update: Following the below, users have also pointed out some messaging on the official Xbox support page that says the Xbox 360 digital marketplace will be shutting down altogether within the next year.
An article on the support page titled “Xbox 360 Marketplace update” comes with text saying that the marketplace will be closing “over the next year” and encourages users to purchase anything they want before May 2023. Currently, the article simply links to the existing news about the games being delisted:
Microsoft has announced its plans to remove over 40 games from the Xbox 360 digital marketplace, rendering them unable to be purchased. The changes will come into effect as of February 7th and the exact number and list of titles will vary by region.
All of the titles impacted will still be downloadable for anyone who’s previously purchased them or purchases them before they’re delisted, and any that are also listed on the Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S stores as backwards compatible titles will remain there as normal.
“Beginning on February 7, 2023, a limited set of games, add-ons, and in-game content will no longer be purchasable in select markets via the Xbox 360 Store,” Gematsu was told by a Microsoft spokeperson. “These titles will no longer be purchasable on the Xbox 360 Store only, and titles that are available to be purchased on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Stores will remain purchasable. You will still be able to play discs or previously downloaded games on your Xbox 360 and modern consoles if they are backwards compatible titles.”