11 years, over 900 games, and 84 million unit sales as of 2014, and the Xbox 360 is done for the day. Handing in its notice and cruising off into the sunset to join the PS2 and Xbox, production on the console has now ceased, Microsoft revealed Wednesday.
Sharing its birth year with YouTube, the Xbox 360 saw Microsoft as full frontal contenders with Sony, battling through the early technical problems and dreaded red ring of death to become a high flying console. After the introduction of the Xbox One, it was only a matter of time before the console became merely an ancestor in a portrait, and as Phil Spencer has explained, straining to produce a device for over a decade isn’t what Microsoft need to focus on.
“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.” Phil Spencer
It gave life to franchises such as Halo and Gears of War as well as the Kinect system, and remains a pioneer for much of Xbox’s technology today. Updates and servers will remain live on the console, as will patches and online platforms, however physical game copies and hardware devices will not be restocked in retailers.