Unveiled on 12th May 2005, the Xbox 360 gaming consoles developed by Microsoft swiftly took the world by a storm, competing against the Sony Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii to bring high-end gaming titles to enthusiasts. Later, the company came up with the Xbox Music and Xbox Video portals, including access to third-party media streaming applications. But as the gaming console completes a decade of operations, Microsoft has confirmed that they would stop the production of Xbox 360, though the Xbox One would be manufactured as usual. The announcement, though surprising, was expected as Microsoft enabled 360 games to work on its successor, the Xbox One.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer, in a blog post, said that gamers had completed more than 78 billion hours of gaming on the Xbox 360, in the ten years after it was launched. Though no more units would be produced by the company, the 360 would still be supported by Microsoft, and the remaining consoles already in shelves would be sold. Phil Spencer cited the age of the product to be the primary reason for its discontinuation. Experts have commented after the announcement that though the Xbox 360 would no longer be produced, it had a great run, with a tremendous fan following across the world. They also ruled out nostalgia, as they feel that the particular gaming console was not ground-breaking, and was certainly noZX Spectrum or the Commodore 64.
Since its launch, more than 80 million units of the Xbox 360 have been sold and had been Microsoft’s primary gaming console until the company came up with the Xbox One. Encouraging users to play motion-sensing games, Microsoft came up with its Kinect gaming device. Activision’s Call of Duty series and Electronic Art’s Need For Speed are considered to the best-selling titles for the 360.
“I am incredibly proud of all of the work and dedication that went into development of the Xbox 360 hardware, services and games portfolio over the last decade. And I’m grateful to the fans for their continued passion and support.” – Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division (Source: Times of India)
Microsoft also made several of the games designed for the Xbox 360 compatible with the newer Xbox One, as part of its ‘backward compatibility’ feature. The company announced that they would still be providing customer service for the retired gaming console.
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