As of April 20th, 2016, Microsoft has officially cancelled production of all Xbox 360 consoles. After selling a whopping 85.5 million units (as of March 26th, 2016), the Xbox 360 has become the 7th most sold console of all time and the 3rd most sold console in the United States after 10 years of being produced. Starting back in November of 2005, the Xbox 360 was the second console created by Microsoft to compete against both Nintendo and Sony’s consoles; the Wii and PlayStation 3 respectively.
Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox team, stated that, “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… 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.”
Although the consoles will no longer be made, the features on the consoles are staying alive. This includes the 360 Xbox Live servers, Games with Gold, Deals with Gold, and Xbox Support will still be able to troubleshoot any issues that may arise. Xbox One users will also be able to use the backward compatibility feature to play Xbox 360 games.
And lastly, Spencer included some cool facts about the Xbox 360 and the how the users interacted with it.
- 78 billion+ gaming hours played (8,561,643 years)
- Around 486 billion Gamerscore achieved (486,000,000 perfect games of 1,000 Gamerscore)
- 27 billion billion+ achievements unlocked
- 25 billion+ hours spent using apps (2,853,881 years)