Microsoft stops production of Xbox 360 after 10 years

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Well guys, looks like it’s finally come to an end. Microsoft has discontinued production of the Xbox 360 after 10 years of release.

Phil Spencer wrote in a blog post:

The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft. I am incredibly proud of all of the work and dedication that went into development of the Xbox 360 hardware, services and games portfolio over the last decade. And I’m grateful to the fans for their continued passion and support.

Franchises like Gears of War were born on the 360, and established blockbusters like Halo really came into their own during this console generation. Xbox 360 was also the foundation for industry-leading technical innovation like Kinect, and the start of system updates and dashboard refreshes based on fan feedback.

Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today. And the console became a beloved gaming and entertainment hub with over 78 billion gaming hours played, nearly 486 billion Gamerscore on 27 billion achievements and over 25 billion hours spent in apps over its lifetime.

From the original Zero Hour launch event, to the incredible reaction received last year at E3 when we announced that you could play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, the soul of Xbox 360 was about putting gamers at the center of every decision we make – and we apply this principle across our business to this day.

Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country.

Microsoft will continue to sell the remaining stock, but no more consoles will be produced. However, the Xbox 360 will still be supported and Xbox Live services will still be running for the console.

Last year Microsoft launched Xbox One Backward Compatibility, which received a huge load of positive reception. Gamers wanting to relive the good old days of Xbox 360 games can try out the service.

While that’s done, Sony still seems to be supporting the PS3 quite a bit. Recently they have released an update, as well as a Twitch app.

What do you think about this guys?

Source: Xbox Wire via BBC

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