Can You Buy Online Games on Xbox 360?

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By Eric Wilson

Are you a proud owner of an Xbox 360 and wondering if you can purchase games online for it? The answer is yes!

Xbox 360 has an online marketplace where you can buy a variety of games, from classic titles to new releases. In this article, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about buying online games on Xbox 360.

Accessing the Xbox Marketplace

To access the Xbox Marketplace, you need to have an Xbox Live account. If you do not have one already, you can create a new account by following the instructions on the Xbox website. Once your account is set up, log in to your console using your credentials.

To get to the marketplace, navigate to the ‘Games’ tab on the dashboard. From there, select ‘Browse Games,’ and then choose ‘Xbox Games Store.’ This will take you directly to the online marketplace.

Browsing and Purchasing Games

The Xbox Games Store allows users to browse games by genre, price range, and release date. You can also search for a specific title using the search bar. Once you have found a game that interests you, click on its title to view more information about it.

The game’s page will display its price, description, screenshots, and other details. If you decide that you want to buy it, click on ‘Buy Game’ or ‘Buy Now.’ You will need either a credit card or Microsoft Points (digital currency used for purchasing content on Xbox) to make your purchase.

Credit Card Payment

If using a credit card for payment, enter your card information as prompted. Be sure that all information entered is accurate before submitting your payment information. Once confirmed and approved by your financial institution or credit card provider, your purchase will be complete.

Microsoft Points Payment

If using Microsoft Points, make sure that you have enough points in your account to cover the cost of the game. If you do not have enough points, you can purchase them through the Xbox Marketplace or at a retail store.

Once you have enough points, click on ‘Buy Game’ and select ‘Microsoft Points’ as your payment method. The cost of the game will be deducted from your account balance.

Downloading and Installing Games

Once you have purchased a game, it will begin to download automatically. Depending on the game’s size and your internet connection speed, this process can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

When the download is complete, the game will install itself automatically onto your console’s hard drive. Once installed, it will be ready to play! Simply navigate back to ‘My Games’ on the dashboard and select the newly installed game.


Buying games online for Xbox 360 is a quick and convenient way to expand your gaming library without leaving your home. With easy access to the Xbox Marketplace, browsing for games has never been easier. So go ahead and start exploring – there are countless hours of gaming fun waiting for you!