Microsoft has announced that is discontinuing production of the Xbox 360. Originally released 10 years ago, the cycle of Microsoft's second console comes to an end, with Xbox chief Phil Spencer stating that it was "an amazing run".
"The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft," said Spencer. "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.
"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."
This doesn't mean that Microsoft will stop supporting the Xbox 360. Microsoft has assured that players will still be able to take part in online multiplayer gaming and parties, access to the apps they use today, Games with Gold and Deals with Gold, purchase games, among other Xbox Live services.
Now that the Xbox 360 cycle is nearing its end, what's your opinion on the overall run of the console? Do you think that it was a step forward for the gaming industry? What were your favourite games? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Xbox News