After 10 Years, Production of Xbox 360 Discontinued
Microsoft announced today that, after ten years, the production of Xbox 360 will be discontinued. Äs Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox stated, “while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us.” He has a point – ten years is a long time for any video game console, and with the beginning of backwards compatibility of Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, the reasons for Microsoft to continue manufacturing the console are few. It appears that having the Xbox 360 discontinued will not affect current owners, at least short term.
For current owners (like myself), the fact that Xbox 360 discontinued does not mean any loss of support or Gold benefits. Spencer stated in his post that Xbox 360 owners will still have access to Xbox Live services, including online multiplayer gaming and parties. We will still have access to all of our apps. Games with Gold and Deals with Gold will continue, including free monthly Xbox 360 games for Gold members. Xbox Live servers will remain online. The over 4,000 Xbox 360 games and Xbox 360 accessories will still be sold, both at retail and the Xbox 360 store, until supplies run out. Xbox 360 hardward will still be supported at xbox.com/support.
Microsoft is not pulling any existing Xbox 360 inventory. Games and consoles will still be available while supplies last, though availability may vary (and “scalpers” will probably be buying a few extra) in certain areas. Have a Xbox 360 game you’ve been eyeing recently? Our suggestion is to go now, before supplies sell out! Spencer did not state a date that online downloads will discontinue, but we suspect that will be shortly after supplies run low.