Xbox Games Store

Xbox Games Store
TypeDigital distribution
Launch dateNovember 2005 (Xbox 360)
November 2008 (PC)
November 2013 (Xbox One)
DiscontinuedOctober 2017
PlatformXbox 360
Xbox One
Operating systemXbox OS
WebsiteXbox 360 Marketplace
Xbox One Game Store

Xbox Games Store (formerly Xbox Live Marketplace) was a digital distribution platform used by Microsoft's Xbox One and Xbox 360 video game consoles. The service allows users to download or purchase video games (including both Xbox Live Arcade games and full Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles), add-ons for existing games, game demos along with other miscellaneous content such as gamer pictures and Dashboard themes.

The service also previously offered sections for downloading video content, such as films and television episodes; as of late 2012, this functionality was superseded by Xbox Music and Xbox Video (now known as Groove Music and Microsoft Movies & TV respectively).

On September 12, 2013, a technical problem caused many games and applications in the store to be delisted.[1] Additionally, a live event that was scheduled to be broadcast on Xbox Live had to be cancelled, as the Live Event Player was unavailable to download due to the glitch.

In October 2017, Microsoft merged the Xbox Store and the Windows Store to create Microsoft Store, creating a single online destination for downloadable apps and games, as well as PCs, Surface devices, Xbox consoles and games, Microsoft and third-party software, and accessories sold at and in its retail stores around the world. Customers can now download or purchase from Microsoft Store all the same content that was previously available in the Xbox Store, including video games encompassing both Xbox Live Arcade games and full Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles, add-ons for existing games, game demos along with other miscellaneous content such as gamer pictures, Dashboard themes, hardware, accessories and other content.


Xbox Live Arcade

The Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) branding encompasses digital-only games that can be purchased from Xbox Games Store on the Xbox 360, including ports of classic games and new original titles.[2][3]

Games on Demand

The Games on Demand section of Xbox Games Store allows users to purchase downloadable versions of Xbox 360 titles, along with games released for the original Xbox. Most of all, some of delisted downloadable contents of the respective Xbox 360 games are also included on this edition.

Xbox Live Indie Games

As part of the "New Xbox Experience" update launched on November 19, 2008, Microsoft launched Xbox Live Community Games, and later renamed to "Xbox Live Indie Games", a service similar to Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA), with smaller and less expensive games created by independent developers and small studios.[4] Such games are added to the service after successfully passing through a peer review system that prevents inappropriate content from appearing in games and ensures that games meet certain technical standards and do not misrepresent their content.