After 10 years, Microsoft is announcing that it is ending its production of the Xbox 360. The tech giant announced the news through a blog post from Xbox chief Phil Spencer. Spencer explained how much Xbox 360 meant to 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."
The Xbox 360 was originally released in late 2005, and became a massive success. The console itself sold more than 80 million units and its successor, the Xbox One, launched in 2013. Wth an update likely imminent for the Xbox One, production of all these consoles would become difficult . Microsoft did point out that it WILL continue to support Xbox 360s in both hardware and software aspects. Xbox Live will also stay active for the 360 as well.
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time, as Microsoft announced backwards compatibility, allowing Xbox One users to play old 360 games directly from their Xbox One. A decade is an amazing run, longer than most other consoles that have been on the market. The question now is how will this affect game developer’s decision to release games for the Xbox 360. Microsoft’s decision to end production of the 360 may lead to the eventual abandonment of last-generation consoles. Nothing major will happen immediately, but in a year or two the Xbox 360 may be completely obsolete.