Microsoft has confirmed that it is ceasing production of the Xbox 360.
The Xbox 360 turned 10 years old last November and, like a lot of people in the late-20s, early-30s, I have many fond memories of the console.
Microsoft was quick to point out that it will not cease support for the console, though, with regular software and security updates. Players will still be able to use Xbox Live services and purchase games, both online and in store, although it is now clear that Microsoft expects people to upgrade to an Xbox One.
Microsoft was keen to assure current players they will still get the same level of service. So much so it reiterated what support the Xbox 360 will get inside its official post on the death of the 360:
- 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.
“Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today,” wrote Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of Xbox. “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.”
The Xbox 360 is arguably one of the best gaming consoles of all time. HUGE game franchises were launched on the platform and Microsoft used it as a springboard for innovative technologies like Kinect and Xbox Live.
“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,” added Spencer.
This really is the end of an era. Godspeed, Xbox 360! You did so much for so many people.