Microsoft announced today the decision to stop manufacturing Xbox 360 consoles. In a blog post that was appropriately titled Achievement Unlocked: 10 Years – Thank You, Xbox 360, the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, wrote about the system as well as the reason for this change in production. Basically, it’s old.

Included in the post was the usual count of tens of billions of hours played as well as the recognition that the 360 was the console many players started on and grew up using. No mention of the Red Ring of Death and Xbox Live service outages that have plagued users since the console’s inception though.

The announcement should come as no shock to 360 users since the Xbox One was released a few years ago. It appeared at first that users would have to move to Xbox One and keep their 360’s if they wanted to keep enjoying 360 games. However, last year at E3 backwards compatibility for the Xbox One was announced, which has allowed the new console to play 360. While not all games are backwards compatible, a large number of titles are with the list increasing monthly.

Here are a few points Microsoft would like fans to know:

Xbox 360 owners will continue to receive Xbox Live services for their console, such as online multiplayer gaming and parties, access to the apps they use today, and Games with Gold and Deals with Gold.
Xbox Live servers that support Xbox 360 services will also remain online and active. Our Xbox 360 fans can continue to play their favorite games with the full support of Xbox Live.
Gamers will also be able to continue to buy over 4,000 Xbox 360 games or Xbox 360 accessories at retail and through our Xbox 360 store online, while supplies last.
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And Xbox One owners will be able to continue to enjoy available Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility – at no additional cost.

It’s been a good run and much like other consoles that have gone obsolete, there will still be plenty of time before the 360 will be a distant memory. We are not exactly sure who this news will effect, but if you’re one of the people that is thinking of buying a shiny, new 360 then you might want to get moving.


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