Microsoft has today revealed that they will be retiring the Xbox 360 console this week, this comes after 10 long years of the console being in production.
Since its release, Microsoft has changed the design of the Xbox 360 many times, with a number of versions and iterations that improved it over time.
Over these 10 years, Microsoft sold over 80 million units of the Xbox 360.
However, the Xbox 360 will not be removed from shelves immediately, and instead, it will slowly disappear until the very last console has been sold.
This was confirmed by Xbox’s head, Phil Spencer:
“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.”
Despite them retiring the console, the Xbox 360 will continue to receive all Xbox Live services and have access to the Xbox Live servers, with multiplayer gaming, parties, Games with Gold and more.
The Xbox 360 store will also still be open, and all Xbox 360 hardware will still be supported.
That said, we don’t yet now how long Microsoft will be keeping this up for, or for how long the console will receive software updates.
From today’s, Microsoft’s main focus will be on the Xbox One and Windows 10.