Since 2005, the Xbox 360 has been a mean machine. Even during its doom and gloom period of the Red Ring of Death catastrophy, the console fought on, and won over the hearts of millions of gamers. Today, Microsoft have announced that they are ceasing production on the console and focusing on the future.
Speaking in a blog post on the Xbox Wire, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, had a few words to say on the generation defining console. “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.”
“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.”
“Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today. And the console became a beloved gaming and entertainment hub with over 78 billion gaming hours played, nearly 486 billion Gamerscore on 27 billion achievements and over 25 billion hours spent in apps over its lifetime.”
It’s been a fantastic cycle for the console, and for last generation overall. On a personal level, I picked up the Xbox 360 in 2006 after watching countless videos of Test Drive Unlimited. With that, I picked up Call of Duty 2 and a terrible game called The Outfit. When December rolled around, I got my hands on Gears of War, and that’s where life just changed for me. I met some of my best friends on that game, who I still talk to today.
The console brought us so many amazing titles like Crackdown, Forza Motorsport 2 and 4, the spin-off Forza Horizon series, and not to mention carrying on the amazing Halo series. Now, we’re into the third year of the Xbox One and it’s unlikely that this generation will last as long as the last one. Thankfully many of our favourite game series are still alive and well, carrying over from the last generation, and we look forward to seeing where they take us next.
While you may initially worry about your connection to Xbox Live on the Xbox 360 or about your friends and game downloads, fret not. Phil informs us that all services will remain active, and has listed briefly what you can still do on your machine.
- 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 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.
[Source: Xbox Wire]