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Video Game News: An End Of An Era – Xbox 360 Production Has Been Halted

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MG Thabo

Because of my age, I only got into the gaming thing pretty late into gaming history and my teenage years was in the time of the previous generation. From what was either luck or circumstance, I managed to get an Xbox 360 that superseded my PS2. It was an exciting time, as I delved into my first true HD gaming experience and it was absolutely magical. I remember playing Elder Scrolls Oblivion for hundreds of hours and being blown away by this new side of gaming. But now, it seems that the beloved Xbox 360 has hit its expiration date.

Before you panic, your Xbox 360 is still just fine. You can still buy games digitally and the servers will be still up, but production has officially stopped for any new Xbox 360 units. This post by Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, explains why they’re making the move. Here’s the gist of it:

Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country.

So if you’ve been planning on getting an Xbox 360 then you better get your ass in gear real soon.

That’s of course one explanation of why they would do something like this, this quickly. One of the more plausible explanations is that they’re really focusing on the Xbox One and its backwards compatibility feature. The backwards compatibility roster is growing by the week and before long, it will have a good chunk of the the Xbox 360’s library available on the platform. The thinking might have went, “why do we still develop this console when the players can just play 360 games on their Xbox One anyway”. It’s a bit tin-foil-hat and Occam’s Razor can also apply to this. Maybe the explanation Spencer gave is simply the truth.

Still, I’m a bit sad that the 360 is slowly disappearing from the gaming landscape. It was a big part of my gaming history and I’ll still have a special place for it in my heart.

 

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MG Thabo

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Marko has played way too many games, listened to way too many metal albums and is probably taller than you. He is a qualified language and communication practitioner and likes to write about the good things in gaming.
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