More than 10 years after the Xbox 360 first launched, Microsoft has decided to end production on its most popular console to date.
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, made the announcement in a post to the Xbox Wire. The majority of the announcement is spent reminiscing about the history and impact of the system, before detailing how Microsoft will support the console and those still enjoying it in the future.
In short, everything is staying more or less the same for the time being. The last-generation Xbox Live servers will stay online, allowing Xbox 360 owners to play games online and use other Live services, and Microsoft will still offer online support for the console. Both the Games with Gold and Deals with Gold promotions will continue. Xbox 360 games will still be available for purchase digitally and physically?though Microsoft here adds a caveat of “as long as supplies last,” so don’t be surprised if certain games start to become scarce.
Oddly, Microsoft also notes that “the cease in production of the Xbox 360 will not effect the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility program,” which doesn’t seem to serve much purpose other than to remind people that said program exists, and hey, maybe you should just buy an Xbox One already.
If you’re still interested in buying an Xbox 360, you’ll need to act fast. Once the current stock sells out, that’s it.
Source: Xbox Wire