Microsoft's Xbox 360 to be discontinued after 10 year run

Written by Jake Tucker

April 20, 2016 | 19:55

Tags: #hardware #xbox-360

Companies: #microsoft

Microsoft have announced they plan to discontinue the 10-year old Xbox 360, with Xbox chief Phil Spencer commenting that the venerable console has had “an amazing run”. He continued to highlight how much the Xbox 360 means to everyone at Microsoft, and spoke of how "The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft.”

But while the Xbox 360 has had an amazing run, Spencer revealed Microsoft are now calling time on it, as “the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us”. The solution, it appears, is to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. Microsoft will continue to sell their existing Xbox 360 consoles but when they’re gone, they’re gone. The Xbox One launched all the way back in November 2013, and there’s speculation that a new and improved Xbox One will be revealed at E3 in June as an answer to the PS4.5 recently leaked.

The Xbox 360 sold more than 80 million units during its lifetime, and, for me personally at least, was a massive part of my teenage years and then university.

The Xbox Live servers will continue to support the Xbox 360 and regular users shouldn’t notice too many changes to their online gaming and party functionality.

What were your favourite Xbox 360 games? I’m tempted to put a roundup together of some of the best Xbox 360 games, send the ol’ beast off in style.
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