Unfortunately, it has become official. Microsoft has been confirmed to be ceasing manufacturing of the Xbox 360 by Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. Spencer wrote out an official statement on the Xbox’s blog on April 20 detailing the news:
Last November, we celebrated a major milestone, as the Xbox 360 console turned 10 years old.
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.
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 atxbox.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 to the Xbox 360. You are the heart of what we do at TEAM XBOX, and you have been critical to the success of Xbox 360.
Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be sharing more of our plans for gaming on Xbox
One, Windows 10 and beyond. And as always, keep the feedback coming.
If you read the above post, then you have a gist of what is to become of the Xbox 360. While systems already in stores will remain there, this means that there is a limited supply of consoles available for purchase. Xbox Live will not be affected by the cessation of the Xbox 360’s manufacturing line and games/software will still be purchasable from a retailer or the digital store.
The Xbox 360 was a revolutionary system for the world of console gaming when it launched in 2006, and so the halt of its manufacturing will surely mark the end of an era.
While this may seem sad for most console gamers, the truth is that these consoles will still be in circulation on sites like eBay, Amazon, and other online marketplaces. Therefore, this is a smart move for Microsoft considering that they will be spending less money on production that will more or less become defunct in a matter of years.
Despite what I’ve said, however, it will be sad in a way because an era of console gaming has come to an end. The Xbox 360 first launched in 2006 to critical acclaim and competed well against its competitor, Sony’s PlayStation 3 which had a delayed launch in 2007. The Xbox 360 became a flagship console for many successful and well-known series such as Gears of War, Halo, Fable, Forza and more.
Goodbye, Xbox 360. You will be missed.
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