Microsoft has announced that they are to cease production of Xbox 360 consoles after 10 years and 5 months of its release, a blog post details.
Xbox’s Phil Spencer has stated that consoles are now only available until they inevitably sell out.
Here’s an excerpt from the post:
“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.”
While production is to cease, Spencer went on to clarify that all servers, games, and general support will still be available:
“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.
The Xbox 360 had a very lengthy run, and it’s definitely no shock to see Microsoft to finally wave goodbye to the system and focus on the present and future of the Xbox One.