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HXR News: Microsoft To Stop Manufacturing New Xbox 360 Consoles


The console version of Old Yeller is taking place with Microsoft this year, as a post from Phil Spencer over on the Xbox Wire website revealed today. The Xbox 360 reached the age of ten last Novemeber, an amount of time that is unheard of these days, with anything electronic having anything between 2 to 4 years shelf life before the next big things hits the market and makes you forget all about it. Some stats thrown on the post saw figures like 78 billion gaming hours played, nearly 486 billion Gamerscore on 27 billion achievements and over 25 billion hours spent in apps over the 10 year span of the console, which is bloody mind boggling.

Thankfully while it's the end of the road for the console in regards to Microsoft manufacturing any new 360 consoles in the future, they have promised to keep supporting the console in key areas.
Mr PS or Sir Phil Spencer as I like to call him these days, had the following to say on what Microsoft promise to keep doing for a console still loved and cherished by so many.
  • 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.
  • Any Xbox 360 hardware will still be supported at xbox.com/support.
  • And Xbox One owners will be able to continue to enjoy available Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility – at no additional cost.
He also went on to say.
"I want to personally thank the Xbox community – that includes the vast and diverse audience of gamers, developers and publishers who brought so much passion and creativity to the Xbox 360. You are the heart of what we do at TEAM XBOX, and you have been critical to the success of Xbox 360."

The Xbox 360 for me is still a daily part of my family routine, and is a console I will always look back on as something that impacted my life massively, both in family and me as a person. I'm here myself after being part of two Xbox related websites and now a blog writing about the 360 and Xbox One because I loved the product so much.
The console also saw me grow as a family, as it's now a console that both my two kids get to enjoy with games like Minecraft being a healthy part of their growing up and playing since around the age of 5. It's a console that has seen us dance, interact, and enjoy watching each other play as a family.
So hats off to you Xbox 360 and your awesome run. While you may never get a shiny new edition out of a factory anymore, you can look forward to a long life of being used in my house.

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