November 2016 will make it 11 years since the Xbox 360 was released into the wild. Franchises like Gears of War, Fable, Halo, and the start of the Kinect hardware, all took place on the console.
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Microsoft has announced that it has ceased production of the console which was initially released in 2005 and will look forward into the future of new hardware. In a blog post it really went all-out getting every fan’s emotion tangled up in memories of the console. 78 billion gaming hours, 486 billion Gamerscore, and 27 billion achievements have been earned on the console to date.
Microsoft announced that it has made the decision to stop manufacturing of the console, but will still continue to sell existing hardware where stock is available. It still plans on supporting the Xbox 360 name in many ways:
- Xbox 360 owners will continue to receive Xbox Live services for their console, such as online multiplayer gaming and parties, access to the apps they use today, and Games with Gold and Deals with Gold.
- Xbox Live servers that support Xbox 360 services will also remain online and active. Xbox 360 fans can continue to play their favourite games with the full support of Xbox Live.
- Gamers will also be able to continue to buy over 4,000 Xbox 360 games or Xbox 360 accessories at retail and through the Xbox 360 store online, while supplies last.
- Any Xbox 360 hardware will still be supported at xbox.com/support.
- And Xbox One owners will be able to continue to enjoy available Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility – at no additional cost.
10 years, and we have a few memories to look back on too. The Xbox 360 was a great console that really brought out some of the best gaming moments over the past generation. It will be missed.