Sunday 11 December 2016

Microsoft discontinues Xbox 360

Mark O'Beirne

Published 21/04/2016 | 09:33

Xbox 360
Xbox 360

Microsoft has announced that it will no longer produce the Xbox 360, just a little over ten years since it first launched.

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Many of us have fond memories of the Xbox 360, which are sure to surface today after Microsoft announced that it has discontinued production of the console.

In a blog post, Xbox chief Phil Spencer celebrated the console’s life of just over ten years and revealed that it will be available to purchase until current stocks run out.

"Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft," Spencer wrote. "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.”

While production of the console will cease, Microsoft says that hardware issues will still be supported on Xbox.com, will still get Xbox Live services – including Games with Gold and Deals with Gold, and multiplayer servers will remain online.

Spencer was sure to point out that Xbox One owners “will be able to continue to enjoy available Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility – at no additional cost.”

In the coming weeks and months, Spencer wrote, Microsoft will share its plans for gaming on Xbox One, Windows 10 and beyond.

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