Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Microsoft Ends Production of Xbox 360

Xbox 360
Microsoft has stopped manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles, the company announced last 20 April.

"Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft," said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. "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."

Spencer added that Microsoft "will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country." The Xbox 360's current retail price is US$ 199.99, in a bundle with a 500 GB system and a copy of Forza Horizon 2.

Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 on 22 November, 2005, in North America; the console turned 10 years old last November. That same month, Microsoft added Xbox 360 backward compatibility to the Xbox One, a feature the company had announced at E3 2015.

Spencer noted that Microsoft will continue to support the Xbox 360 for the foreseeable future, with full Xbox Live services for apps and online gaming; free Games With Gold titles; deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers; and hardware support. However, Microsoft's third-party partners have begun to retire Xbox 360 services, such as ESPN, which shut down its app on the console last month.

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