In what perhaps should have been long anticipated but is still a shock, Xbox’s Phil Spencer announced via Xbox Wire that they have stopped further production on new Xbox 360 consoles.
As quoted from the original post:
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.
That doesn’t mean though that the console is going to die a quick death – Xbox Live services will continue into the future and with backward compatibility being a popular feature on Xbox One there is going to be a lasting legacy that may even extend to future consoles too.
From the post again:
We know that many of you became gamers on Xbox 360 and are still active, so it’s important to us that while the overall Xbox gaming experience will evolve and grow, we will continue to support the platform you love in multiple ways:
- 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.
A lot of people have spent years, and likely multiple consoles, playing on the 360 and it’s amazing to think how much it has changed; from that white curved shape and its “blades” interface to the New Xbox Experience interface, Kinect and the “Slim” console to finally the very understated “E” console and the Windows style interface. Microsoft’s willingness to continue innovating on the software helped extend the life of the hardware significantly.
And that’s not to say the hardware was perfect either. My first 360 was an early model that went through the service center more times than I’d like thanks to both drive issues and the Red Ring of Death but the later versions were much more solid machines that are still being used today.
Though more of my time nowadays has been spent on Xbox One, my son still plays regularly on the 360 thanks to both Minecraft and Kinect games and I can imagine many more games will be played by both of us in the future. I’m pretty sure there’s bound to be a few more Halo sessions left in the old console too…