So Long to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace…

Microsoft has elected to rebrand their Xbox Live Marketplace to the Xbox Games Store to help gamers find new content easier while on their Xbox 360 or Xbox One console.

That’s right Microsoft fans, the Xbox Live Marketplace is no more.  Well, technically it is still around but Microsoft has renamed it to become the Xbox Games Store.  The idea is to have the Games Store sync up with the Xbox Video Store and Xbox Music Store to make things as simple as possible. Representatives of Microsoft have spoken out in concern about this.

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“That’s right, [Xbox Live Marketplace] is now called the Xbox Games Store, and will sit alongside the Xbox Music Store and Xbox Video Store,”

“This is to make it easier for consumers to find content on the Xbox 360 today and the Xbox One when it launches in November.”

The Xbox Live Marketplace has been around since the release of the Xbox 360 way back in November 2005.  Microsoft has also been making changes to the Xbox Music Store and Xbox Video Store, and many in the game industry were not shocked by the name change. 

The change from Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox Games Store is not the only change Microsoft has enacted this week, because recently Microsoft retired their Microsoft Points as well in favor of using regional currencies.  It will be interesting to see if Microsoft does anything else to update the Xbox Live system before the release of the Xbox One, so any fans of Xbox should definitely be on the look for some possible changes before November arrives.


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