Microsoft has reportedly shut down its division for physical game releases as part of yesterday's mass layoffs. This comes as an increasing blow to Xbox fans, who were already reeling from the announcement earlier in the day that 1,900 jobs would be cut from the Xbox and Activision Blizzard teams. The decision to cease physical game releases is seen as a cost-cutting measure, as the gaming industry continues to shift towards digital distribution.
The impact of this decision is significant for gamers who prefer physical copies of their favorite titles. Microsoft will shut down the Xbox 360 Store next year, which means players will no longer be able to purchase new games, DLC, movies, and TV shows. This move has sparked concerns among Xbox enthusiasts about the future of the console and the availability of content for older systems.
In a surprising move, Rockstar Games has also announced the shutdown of the Rockstar Editor in the last-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto 5. This decision is said to allow the developer to focus on supporting ongoing updates for the game on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms. While this may disappoint some players who enjoyed creating and sharing their own content using the Rockstar Editor, it aligns with Rockstar's commitment to providing the best gaming experience possible.