AT&T reportedly ditching Xbox 360 service at the end of the year

AT&T U-verse Xbox 360
Hardly a one-month notice

The launch of Xbox One in November is being coupled with another Xbox 360 service going dark, and this time it's affecting AT&T U-verse customers.

U-verse cable subscribers who have been using Microsoft's gaming system as a DVR set-top box will have to make new plans at the end of the year.

"We will be discontinuing Xbox 360 as a supported U-verse receiver after December 31, 2013," read a notice sent to affected AT&T customers.

AT&T U-verse has been piping its TV channels through Xbox 360 systems since October 2010, according to Multichannel.

It charged $99 for the kit and a $55 installation fee on top of the required subscriptions for U-verse TV and U-verse high-speed internet. Xbox Live was also mandatory.

Refund in order

Among the bills that these AT&T U-verse subscribers have had to endure included Microsoft's pesky $60 Xbox Live Gold fee.

The good news is that AT&T is issuing a credit to subscribers just in case they renewed Xbox Live Gold recently, expecting the service to continue.

The even better news is that the credit will be for $99 instead of the $60 the company said it had initially planned on giving customers.

"We will now be issuing a $99 bill credit, which includes the $60, on your U-verse bill within one to two billing cycles," wrote AT&T.

AT&T suggests ordering an additional U-verse receiver to replace its Xbox 360 set-top service, which will probably be of the Motorola variety.

We've contacted the company for further details and will update the story once we hear back.

Via Engadget

Matt Swider