The successor to the Xbox, the Xbox 360 was launched in November 2005. As Microsoft’s offering to what is called the seventh generation of video game consoles, together with the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii.
The title of a post by Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox, summed it all up. “Achievement Unlocked: 10 Years – Thank You, Xbox 360”
A few short months after its 10th birthday, Microsoft announced that it will stop manufacturing the Xbox 360 and the console will no longer be available once stores around the world sell out their current stock.
Spencer’s post highlighted the fact that mega-franchises such as Gears of War and Halo were born on the 360. The now-euthanized console was also the foundation for industry-leading technical innovation like Kinect.
As of yesterday over 78 billion gaming hours were clocked on the console around the world. Other stats indicate a whopping 486 billion Gamerscore on 27 billion achievements and over 25 billion hours spent in apps.
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.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox
What’s going to happen now
For now, Xbox will continue to support the platform for existing users. Gamers will still 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.
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.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox
That was quite a heavy post wasn’t it? So if you manged to read to the end, you’re probably feeling a bit sad and nostalgic, thinking about all the fun times you had with your (or your friend’s 360) wondering why you got rid of it for another shiny new console?
Well, here’s a picture of a cat playing with an Xbox controller to cheer you up.