Game Over as Microsoft Discontinues Xbox 360
So long, Xbox 360. It’s been an emotional, decade long-journey.
That’s the message from Xbox boss Phil Spencer today, as he announced in a blog post that after more than 10 years, Microsoft will no longer produce their beloved games console. It’s ok, dry your eyes – they won’t be shutting down the servers any time soon, and thanks to backwards compatibility, you’ll still be able to play your favourite games.
And don’t worry – existing 360 owners will still benefit from the service. All it really boils down to is that Microsoft won’t be making any more new consoles.
The reason given is 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.’ Reading between the corporate lines, that roughly translates as, console sales aren’t making them as much money as they used to, and the technology is pretty dated by now.
Spencer also detailed a few fantastic facts about the console, saying:
Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today. And the console became a beloved gaming and entertainment hub with over 78 billion gaming hours played, nearly 486 billion Gamerscore on 27 billion achievements and over 25 billion hours spent in apps over its lifetime.
We’d hate to think how many of those billions of hours are down to the Xbox One UK team trying to beat Dark Souls, or co-opping the hell out of Left 4 Dead.
The 360 was responsible for bringing us some incredible franchises, like Gears of War, and taking existing series’ like Halo to whole new heights. And while it wasn’t without its critics – see the RROD controversy – it earned a place in the hearts of Xboxers the world over as a machine that delivered the experiences gamers wanted.
Still, the news does come as a bit of a shock, given that games are still being developed for the 360, but it does mean that Microsoft can concentrate all their efforts on making the Xbox One as good as it possibly can be.
Thanks for the wonderful memories, Xbox 360. Hope you enjoy your retirement alongside the NES and Mega Drive. You’ve earned it.
What are your fondest memories of one of the greatest, most popular consoles ever? We’d love to hear them.