Head of the Xbox division, Phil Spencer, made a short and sweet post over on the official Xbox website to announce that Microsoft would no longer be producing Xbox 360 units.
After a decade of service on the market, the company is winding down manufacturing of the home console and focusing more on the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms.
Spencer proceeds to do what Microsoft has excelled at lately: roll out lots of meaningless numbers about the kind of stuff most people don’t care about. He avoids the total install base, the Xbox Live subscriber numbers or how many units Microsoft had to place that suffered the Red Rings of Death, but he does detail how many hours have been played and the amount of achievements that have been accomplished over the past decade, writing…
“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.
“Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. 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. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country.”
According to the post, all 4,000 of the Xbox 360 games in the console’s illustrious library will continue to be available both digitally and at participating retailers. Microsoft will also continue to port over Xbox 360 titles to the Xbox One as backwards compatible games.
Additionally, Xbox Live will continue to function for the Xbox 360’s multiplayer component. Microsoft will also continue to provide online support for the Xbox 360’s Live component. That’s rather nice of Microsoft, because they weren’t afraid at all of killing off support for the OG Xbox early in the Xbox 360’s lifespan.
Given the way the Xbox One’s market run has gone, though, I would like to hope Microsoft is looking into some legitimate options for staying competitive in the console race for next gen. With Sony rumored to roll out a new PlayStation Neo 4.5K this year, maybe we’ll see Microsoft hunker down and get serious about their position in the market and start looking to put on some real software with some real hardware down the line.