Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of Xbox LIVE and Microsoft is doing a bit of self congratulation on the 8 million active members and providing a free downloadable Xbox LIVE Arcade game to celebrate. Members who joined in 2002 will also get 500 free Microsoft Points. More interestingly, there is a new system update coming on December 4 that will support an Xbox Originals offering which is Microsoft’s first foray into full downloadable games for the Xbox:
Starting on Dec. 4, all Xbox LIVE members will receive a free system update with a host of new features and enhancements. Included in this update will be the launch of Xbox Originals, which, for the first time, will enable consumers to download and own full Xbox games, such as “Halo,” “Psychonauts,” “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge” and “Fable,” among others, directly to their Xbox 360. This new service will launch with an array of blockbuster titles spanning the most popular genres from action-adventure to classic role-playing games.
With no disc necessary, and at just 1,200 Microsoft Points per game, Xbox LIVE members can easily rediscover these hit titles, or check out a game they missed the first time around. This launch lineup is only the beginning, as Xbox 360 owners can expect to see a growing catalog of Xbox games to download and own over the coming year.
A Microsoft point is worth 1.25 US cents so 1,200 points is $15.00 which also illustrates the point that these are older “classic” games and not the latest and greatest which are pricier as well as the bread and butter of video game retailers whom Microsoft would prefer not to alienate.