Microsoft made the announcement today that they will no longer be producing Xbox 360 consoles after over 10 years on the market.
The Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, made an announcement that was a long time coming today – Microsoft will cease production on the Xbox 360.
Here are some excerpts from Phil’s blog to explain:
“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.
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.
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.
We know that many of you became gamers on Xbox 360 and are still active, so it’s important to us that while the overall Xbox gaming experience will evolve and grow, we will continue to support the platform you love in multiple ways:
- Xbox 360 owners will continue to receive Xbox Live services for their console, such as online multiplayer gaming and parties, access to the apps they use today, and Games with Gold and Deals with Gold.
- Xbox Live servers that support Xbox 360 services will also remain online and active. Our Xbox 360 fans can continue to play their favorite games with the full support of Xbox Live.
- Gamers will also be able to continue to buy over 4,000 Xbox 360 games or Xbox 360 accessories at retail and through our Xbox 360 store online, while supplies last.
- Any Xbox 360 hardware will still be supported at xbox.com/support.
- And Xbox One owners will be able to continue to enjoy available Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility – at no additional cost.
I want to personally thank the Xbox community – that includes the vast and diverse audience of gamers, developers and publishers who brought so much passion and creativity. You are the heart of what we do at TEAM XBOX, and you have been critical to the success of Xbox 360.”
The Xbox 360 was an important piece of video game history ushering in the HD era of gaming and bringing online multi-player to a much higher level than ever before. The impact of the 360 is still felt today with this generation of consoles the social machines they’ve become. I was an Xbox 360 owner and I loved everything about it (besides the RROD problem). Whether you are a PlayStation fan, a Nintendo fan, or an Xbox fan, it’s definitely always a sad day to see such a popular console meet its end. The good news is that people can still enjoy their 360s with full Xbox Live support so this is far from the end of enjoyment for the console.