Microsoft has decided to drop the production of the Xbox 360 after an 11-year run since its introduced in 2005. However, online services for the console will continue to be available. The announcement comes in months after the console celebrated its ten year anniversary.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer explained that the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old as the reason for discontinuing Xbox 360. For the existing stock, Microsoft will continue to sell the gaming consoles, but the availability will vary from country to country.
Spencer praised the accomplishment of the gaming console; he said: “The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft.”
To date, the gaming console has sold over more than 84 million units all across the globe. Despite the discontinuation, Xbox Live servers will continue to provide support to Xbox 360 users and online multiplayer gaming would carry on as usual.
Last year, Microsoft announced that it will introduce backwards compatibility to the console’s successor, Xbox One at no additional cost.