It was first launched November 3, 2004 for the original Xbox. The following year on November 22, 2005, Live Arcade was relaunched for the Xbox 360. From then on every new game addition to the Live Arcade had support for leader boards, achievement points, and high-definition 720p graphics. All new games also would have a trial version available for free download. Other features have since become available through software updates such as additional sorting options, friends leader board, faster enumeration of games, "Tell a friend" messages", and an auto-download feature for new trial games.
The Xbox One dropped the moniker of "Xbox Live Arcade" in favor of not listing downloadable only games as a subset of games on it's service.