Microsoft will soon end production of Xbox 360 game consoles, which was first launched in 2005. After celebrating its 10th anniversary last November, the home video gaming console will not see the light of day as it comes to retiring age. While further production will be terminated, the existing Xbox 360 consoles will be sold until stock last.
Customers already using an Xbox console will continue to enjoy playing games on the device. Since its establishment, the console has become one of the major players in video games. Its exit from the IT industry will disappoint many fans, but Microsoft will concentrate more on Xbox One and an update as early as this year, according to Yahoo tech reports.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer wrote in a blog post, “I am incredibly proud of all of the work and dedication that went into development of the Xbox 360 hardware, services and games portfolio over the last decade. And I’m grateful to the fans for their continued passion and support. While we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us.”
Xbox 360 evolved over the years and eventually became a compelling gaming and entertainment hub with over 78 billion gaming hours, 486 billion Gamescore and more than 25 billion hours spent in apps. The popularity of the gaming console seems to have its spell across the world and so Microsoft has decided to sell the existing inventory, with Xbox Live services for multiplayer gaming and parties.
New games will be sold as long as supplies are available in stores. A similar strategy will apply for accessories too. Consumers who need a new controller for 360 should hurry before stock ends. Meanwhile, several 360 games will run live on Xbox One without any additional cost. Indeed, Microsoft is trying every bit to expand the backward compatibility of the newest console with older titles, reports SMH.
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