Last week was a dark week for many people, with the passing of WWE Star Chyna, and the passing of one of the greatest musicians of all time Prince. But yet another great entertainer had passed as well, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was officially discontinued on April 20th.
This is truly the passing of a console giant. The system had been in production since 2005, and in its 11 year reign it has sold over 84 million consoles. In regards to this Phil Spencer the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division had this to say “While we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us,” as well as”The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft” He also had some interesting numbers to share about the console. There have been over 78 billion gaming hours logged on the console, with over 25 billion hours spent in just app usage, and 486 billion Gamescores achieved.
While the console is no longer being manufactured, Microsoft has stated that the online servers for the 360 will stay online and the games with gold will still be supported as well as the backwards compatibility for the Xbox One. The Xbox 360 hardware will still be covered by Xbox support.