The Xbox 360, the now decade old console from Microsoft, has been discontinued and will longer be produced.
On the official news site, head of Xbox Achievement Unlocked: 10 Years – Thank You, Xbox 360″.
Spencer briefly discusses the history of the console as well as impressive numbers generated over the years such as: 78 billion gaming hours, 27 billion achievements (totalling a Gamerscore of nearly 486 billion) and 25 billion hours spent in apps before dropping the bomb:
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.
While that may sound like very bad news for fans of the console, current users and even someone looking to buy a new-in-box 360 right now, there is some good news.
Firstly, while manufacturing has ceased, the remaining stock of the console will be sold off with “availability varying by country”. We’re trying to get an exact number of them remaining in South Africa, and we’ll update the story if we manage to obtain it. Additionally, physical 360 games will be sold off in the same manner.
For current users, the console will continue to receive official support. Live services and servers, online hardware support and Xbox One Backward Compatibility will all stick around. The important detail left out here, however, is how long that support will continue to last.
While we’re all for the latest and greatest tech, it’s sad when such a beloved piece of hardware gets closer to the grave. And, while its certainly not officially dead yet, this is a big step towards the venerable 360 keeling over. After a decade, it’s going to be strange to walk into a videogame store and not see it on the shelves.
[Source – Xbox News]