Only a few months ago the beloved console which brought us so many fantastic games, celebrated it’s 10th Birthday … now it seems Microsoft are unplugging the brick and letting a fantastic console rest in peace.
Phil Spencer took to Xbox Wire to deliver the news that manufacturing of the 360 will be ceasing.
The Xbox 360 had tremendous highs and lows throughout its lifespan. Whether it was the technical issues such as the red ring of death (RROD) or the rise and fall of HD DVD it overcame hurdles and cemented itself as a fantastic console. It launched incredible franchises such as Gears of War and helped foster a thriving online gaming community with Xbox Live.
Whenever you lose something close to you, it’s important to reflect and remember the good times. For me I’ll always remember playing Halo 3, co-op with my older brothers and friends. The Xbox 360 introduced me to online gaming and was the first all-in-one entertainment machine I owned, spending at least a quarter of its lifetime in my house as a DVD player.
For those of you who haven’t made the jump to current-gen consoles, Phil offered reassurance that support of the 360 would continue in the following ways:
- 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.
With the catalogue of backwards compatible titles increasing and E3 just around the corner, it’ll be exciting to see what Xbox has in store for everyone this year. Be sure to stay tuned to Just Game for all things Xbox.