Launched in 2005 and spanning across 10 years of unforgettable gameplay, Microsoft has finally killed power to the production lines of the Xbox 360. In a blog post from Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, he explained how the “Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft”.
Despite having a memorable and amazing run, they had to face the reality of manufacturing a product that was a decade old. Hence the decision to cease production. However, they will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country.
The console, launched during late 2005 was an instant hit, selling more than 80 million units, outselling and outperforming the original Xbox and giving Microsoft a valuable spot in the console space. It was then succeeded by the Xbox One, which was launched in 2013. According to sourced, Microsoft is planning on releasing an updated version of the Xbox One in the not too distant future.
In addition, Microsoft also stated that despite ceasing production of the Xbox 360, they will continue support for existing Xbox 360s, in terms of hardware and software. For example, Xbox Live servers for the console will still be active meaning you can still play your favorite games online.
The signs that the end was near for the 360 have been around for a while. Microsoft introduced backwards compatibility for the Xbox One, thus making it possible to play certain 360 games on the Xbox One late last year.
All in all, a decade is of existence is nothing to be ashamed of or be sad about. It actually is a longer run than many other consoles. For example, Nintendo is reportedly ending production of its Wii U later in 2016 which is just 4 years after launch.
Were you the proud owner of an Xbox 360? What do you feel about Microsoft’s decision? We would love to hear from you
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