The Xbox 360 had a long and glorious ride. Yet, all good things come to an end, at least from the production side of things, as announced today by Microsoft.
The company is ceasing production of its older console due to “the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old,” but will continue selling existing inventory until it runs out.
Here are a few relevant points:
- 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.
Within the announcement Xbox Division Head Phil Spencer also promised to share the company’s plans for “Xbox One, Windows 10 and beyond” over the next few weeks and months.