After over 10 years of service, Microsoft is no longer manufacturing manufacturing new 360 consoles. They’ll still sell what’s left of their stocks, but there won’t be any new ones.
Of course the 360 is still really active, so while Microsoft is no longer making the console, support isn’t stopping anytime soon. The important points, though, are these:
- 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 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 can only imagine that the decision to stop production was made significantly easier by the fact that backwards compatibility is going so smoothly on the Xbox One. Seems like within the next couple years, virtually all of the 360s library will be made available.
Microsoft also threw out some impressive numbers for the console. A total of 78 billion hours have been spent playing games on the 360. Gamers have earned a combined total of 486 billion gamerscore across 27 billion achievements. People have also spent over 25 billion hours in Xbox 360 Apps. Those are numbers even a timelord would have trouble wrapping their mind around.
I suppose it’s only fair, then, that we raise a toast to the 360.
Wonder how long it’ll be before we do the same thing for the PS3?