The Xbox 360 turned ten years old last November. We have gotten to watch amazing games like Gears of War come to life and grow. Even established games such as Halo flourished under the 360’s reign. With all this, Microsoft has an announcement.
“..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.” – Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft’s Xbox division.
In its ten years, the Xbox 360 has brought some great ideas to the table that we are seeing in this generation of consoles. Being the foundation for the Kinect, Xbox 360 helped pave the road for an entire genre of gaming. It was also one of the first consoles to advertise based on fan feedback through the dashboard.
Knowing that no new 360 units are coming, lets look at some of the milestones it had. A grand total of 78 billion hours were spent world wide adventuring in the Xbox 360’s many virtual realms. Nearly 486 billion points in Gamerscores were awarded for 27 billion achievements across every profile. Lets not forget the epic games and franchises born on the 360 that thrive on the new gen today.
Microsoft will stop new production of the 360 but its Xbox Live support, market, apps, servers, and their Gold Deals will still be around. Players can still buy 360’s and accessories in retail stores while their inventory lasts. They also state that any hardware will still be supported and Xbox One users will still be able to play their 360 games. So not really much is changing about the decade old console, except they won’t be on store shelves for long.
“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.” – states Phil Spencer