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If you’ve been following us here on Pure Xbox for a few years, you’ll probably remember something called Badge. It was announced in 2020 as a replacement for the original Xbox Live, which unfortunately shut down in 2010.

The team has slowly crumbled on Insignia since then, and a lot of progress has been made. The service, which would be accessible on any original Xbox console, is slowly preparing for its public beta, during which it will support 13 titles – with more to come in the future. Here is the list of launch games:

  • Counter-Strike
  • Crimson Skies and its Live compatible demo.
  • Ultimate dead or alive
  • MechAssault and its Live compatible demo.
  • Downtown madness 3
  • MotoGP: online demo
  • Phantasy Star Online: Episodes I and II
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy
  • Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
  • Unreal Championship
  • Fucked up! (and this is the XBL starter kit demo)
  • Xbox Live Arcade
  • XIII

The Insignia team has been very active on Twitter lately, constantly posting screenshots of the Xbox Live replacement in action, including testing countless original Xbox games to try and get them working online in 2022.

At the moment, there is no scheduled release date for Insignia and its public beta, as the team wants to wait until the service is fully ready to release it. That said, YouTuber MVG recently had the chance to participate in a closed alpha and came away extremely impressed with what it had to offer. You can check out those images below.

Exciting stuff if you are an OG Xbox fan then! We’ll keep you posted on Insignia as we have more details.

Interested in trying this when it finally arrives? Let us know in the comments below.

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