Why has Microsoft killed off the Xbox 360?
In the 10 years since it was released, the 360 has become a must-have for a generation of gamers. However, in a recent blog post Microsoft says it’s decided to end production on it as: ‘the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us’.
It’s fair to say the 360 has left its mark. Gamers have racked up around 78bn gaming hours on it (source: Microsoft), while iconic games like Gears of War and Halo first became popular on the console.
It launched new technologies like Kinect – the motion sensing camera that lets you control the console and play games with your movements – and ran the first system updates for Xbox based on feedback from fans. Microsoft’s online gaming community Xbox Live also came into its own on the 360.
What does it mean for gamers?
Despite ending production, Microsoft says it will continue to sell its remaining stock of 360 consoles – the availability of these depends on which country you’re in.
And, good news if you currently game on an Xbox 360, it’ll still support for your console in several ways:
- Continued Xbox Live updates – online multiplayer and parties will remain up-to-date, as well as all your apps and any games bought through Gold if you’re a member
- Over than 4,000 games and accessories for 360 will still be available to buy in store or online through the Xbox 360 store – so you’ll be able to choose from a huge selection of games
- Get online support if there’s a problem with your 360 hardware. You can access it here.
Thinking of upgrading to Xbox One?
Alternatively, if you’ve been considering an upgrade to Microsoft’s most recent console Xbox One, now could be the time to switch.
Launched in 2013 as a new-and-improved version of the 360, Xbox One comes with plenty of add-ons that give you an even more impressive gaming experience. With it you can:
- Enjoy immersive gameplay with enhanced graphics and a faster processor that reduces load times – so you can get stuck into your game
- Navigate with ease using the new ergonomic controller that sits comfortably in your hand. It also comes with an Xbox Chat headset for online and multiplayer gaming
- Access your gameplay data wherever you are with cloud sharing – just log onto the server from any Xbox One console to see it
- Watch Blu-ray discs and live TV, browse the internet and chat on Skype – all from your console
Worried that you’ll have to cast off your favourite 360 games? You needn’t be. Backwards compatibility means Xbox One users can still play many of their 360 games for free on their new console. Find out more about Xbox One backwards compatibility.
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