Microsoft is Discontinuing the Xbox 360

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Microsoft has announced they’re discontinuing the manufacturing of the Xbox 360 console.

The company will offer their existing inventory for the console in regions in which is was sold, but will no longer produce its hardware moving forward.

“Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft,” said Xbox boss Phil Spencer in a statement.

“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.”

You can find the entire message from Xbox boss Phil Spencer, below:

Last November, we celebrated a major milestone, as the Xbox 360 console turned 10 years old.

The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft. 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.

Franchises like Gears of War were born on the 360, and established blockbusters like Halo really came into their own during this console generation. Xbox 360 was also the foundation for industry-leading technical innovation like Kinect, and the start of system updates and dashboard refreshes based on fan feedback.

Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today. And the console became a beloved gaming and entertainment hub with over 78 billion gaming hours played, nearly 486 billion Gamerscore on 27 billion achievements and over 25 billion hours spent in apps over its lifetime.

From the original Zero Hour launch event, to the incredible reaction received last year at E3 when we announced that you could play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, the soul of Xbox 360 was about putting gamers at the center of every decision we make – and we apply this principle across our business to this day.

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.

We know that many of you became gamers on Xbox 360 and are still active, so it’s important to us that while the overall Xbox gaming experience will evolve and grow, we will continue to support the platform you love in multiple ways:

  • 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.

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.

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be sharing more of our plans for gaming on Xbox
One, Windows 10 and beyond. And as always, keep the feedback coming.

Thank you.

Phil Spencer


Owner and Publisher at Niche Gamer and Nicchiban. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. Pronouns: Patriarch, Guido, Olive, Catholic

  1. Offendatron_5000
    April 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Was only a matter of time. Bet we see X360 online services start to shutter in 2018.

  2. epobirs
    April 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I had been wondering if there might be use for another die shrink and hardware revision to leverage the platform in new ways. So much for that. Hopefully, the ongoing use of Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One will mean digital games won’t becomes useless any year soon. So much of the library has no disc version in existence, so if the platform stops being supported on newer platforms those investments could be completely lost. The historical value is another consideration. Those with an interest may be forced to resort to legally iffy means to keep stuff alive.

  3. epobirs
    April 20, 2016 at 11:31 am

    That will depend if there is still revenue being generated. Multi-player games will see a lack of support but you may be able to make a new purchase of most BC single player or local multiplayer games for quite a long time to come. The emulation code base is already there and so long as they stick with x86-64 for future platforms it makes sense to keep letting people buy the old games.

    A big difference in the past was that backward compatibility meant competing with used product but nowadays, if you want to play a really old game and you don’t have the original hardware, it’s easier to get a digital version that runs under emulation. Then there are also remakes for the most popular items. I’m just now parting with my large collection of GameCube, PS2, and original Xbox stuff. It’s a difficult thing to do but I try to remind myself how much of it is still available in improved and/or far less bulky form on the newer machines.

  4. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    April 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

    There are several solutions to this, and it was expected to happen. These types of things never last forever, regardless of how big an installbase is.

    You could prepare for this catastrophe by having the latest 360 model. These things are much more durable compared to the earlier ones which are highly susceptible to RROD. Another reason is, your long lasting 360 console will thrive for years with its licenses. The licenses, which are tied to a console unless you change them, are required to play full versions, otherwise you’ll get the demo version unless you’re online. If they scratch off the online and your licenses aren’t bound to that console, then you’re fucked.

    In terms of preservation (to avoid having to re-download)

    1) You could always burn your own digitally purchased 360 games on a CD-R and run them off of that. Tried this myself with Super Meat Boy a few weeks ago one night and it worked.

    2) Have the latest model again, and keep your digitally downloaded stuff on an external HDD (or its internal HDD). As far as I know, you can copy them as well. I have my SMB copy in my computer now, which I can just burn or transfer again so it’s infinitely preserved.

    3) With no online services, you are also free to hack the console. Pirate everything with no worries at all.

  5. Immahnoob
    April 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I’ve foreseen that the digital era will fuck people over, one by one.

    Which is why if I buy things, they’re always physical and otherwise I pirate.

  6. Minuteworld92
    April 20, 2016 at 11:48 am

    godspeed xenia

  7. alterku
    April 20, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Shit shit shit. Time to try to find a cheap backup unit asap. Seems kind of fast. Aren’t games still coming out for the system? This has got to be just their way of trying to force people to upgrade to their shittier new box.

  8. Minuteworld92
    April 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    this is exactly what they did with the original xbox so no surprise there.

  9. Nagato
    April 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Rather unexpected tbh; you’d assume they’d try to keep selling units as cheap Minecraft boxes for as long as they possibly could.

  10. dogmentation
    April 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Am I the only one who was surprised to learn they were still MAKING 360s?

  11. epobirs
    April 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    No, it isn’t. Production of the original Xbox ended abruptly with no warning because it was a financial sinkhole. The arrangement for the chipset with Nvidia was not thought out very well and created a situation where the Xbox could never be priced competitively without horrible amounts of red ink. Microsoft realized that it was a huge mistake to have a custom chipset they didn’t own and couldn’t shop around for better production costs. Intel was also a problem as they had little interest in accommodating Microsoft’s needs, as the console business just wasn’t ever going to be big enough to get Intel to do any real customization.

    The 360 was completely different. IBM and ATI were far better suited to be chip design vendors for consoles and Microsoft owned the specific designs, meaning they could work with any foundry that offered the best deal.

    Thus the original Xbox never had any major hardware revisions and fairly short lifespan. If things had been different in that era and Microsoft had been able to stick with x86 the 360 could have been fully backward compatible and the Xbox One fully BC to both generations, which would have been interesting for long term XBL subscribers, building up massive libraries.

    Even so, the 360 has had a long career and is fading away gracefully rather than being euthanized like the original Xbox.

  12. epobirs
    April 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    They did. Sales died off and said “It’s time.”

    Note they aren’t saying how much inventory of already produced units they have in the retail channel and warehouses. It may be possible to buy a new unit for another couple of years or more. It largely depends on how intent the retailers are on clearing the shelf space. If you want a backup unit, keep an eye on the stores to see if they get impatient and start cutting the price.

  13. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    April 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Good riddance.

  14. SoapyEyes
    April 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Same, I like the idea of owning something that I know will always work, including offline. Same with movies, I like to buy BluRay and DVD still, not only is the quality higher than streaming services, I don’t need any subscription or online service to watch them.

  15. epobirs
    April 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    How long until Sony makes a similar announcement for the PS3?

    The current machines are coming due for a die shrink which will allow for new models at a lower price point, as well as new high end models for the 4K market. With a lower price and an ever growing BC library in addition to its own, the Xbox One is making more sense for those who might have been considering a 360.

  16. Immahnoob
    April 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    It’s great that torrent sites exist too.

  17. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    April 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Best way to preserve.

  18. sanic
    April 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    What if you get burgled or have a housefire that destroys the games you own physically?

    Digital fag asked me that and I don’t see a solution besides a firesafe/box.

  19. AnarKreig
    April 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Is anyone really surprised?

  20. Immahnoob
    April 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    What if a company’s servers burn down from a fire and destroy all the data there?

    What if there’s some fuck up (there are many ways shit can go wrong) with their servers and all your data is deleted?

    Both the burglars and the fire ideas are less likely than a company going bankrupt or fucking up, etc.

  21. sanic
    April 20, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Oh yeah or what if your shelf holding all your games breaks and drops them on the ground really hard like that was the third potential issue with physical.

  22. benzene
    April 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    That’s a big if.

    As for online services, the question is the big when.

  23. Immahnoob
    April 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Imagine that, what if a meteor fucks over the Earth and everything digital and physical disappears?

    Take that Ku Klux Klan.

  24. No_Good_Names_Ever
    April 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Feel Spencer lying out his ass

  25. Mr0303
    April 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    The 360 was a good console and did really well last gen. With the Xbone’s backwards compatibility they can now try and push it in its stead.

  26. Guin
    April 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I grew apathetic with my 360 once games I like began jumping ship to the PS3 so can’t say I have strong feelings for the discontinuation.

    Now the PS3 otoh, will be sorely missed once it hits its own dénouement.

  27. Wonderkarp
    April 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I became a game collector, myself. I love physical copies. I like looking at them on the shelf as much as I play them.

  28. Narmy
    April 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Disc rot is the “big when” for physical copies.

  29. NuclearKangaroo
    April 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Press F everyone


  30. Zombie_Barioth
    April 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    The thing with disc rot though is the main evidence supporting it is the quality of old CDs.

    Plastic is meant to last a long time, which it does, so its really a question of how good is the plastic, not just “when”.

  31. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    April 20, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    It was nice known’ ya, you red ringing son of a bitch.

  32. benzene
    April 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Yes, nothing is eternal. But handheld flash memory has the better end of the stick against optical media in that regard.

  33. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I guess I’ll pick one up for homebrew/CFW soon, haven’t had a 360 for years.

  34. Immahnoob
    April 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    In pristine conditions, disc rot does not happen even after your death.

  35. Feniks
    April 21, 2016 at 12:00 am

    That’s all fine and dandy but when I wanted to play Starlancer again it was Piratebay that helped me out, not ebay.

    Old games will become more and more expensive as the years go by like antiques. Another example is Nier. A PS3 copy of that game in Europe is already at least €40.

    Digital helps expose new generations to old games.

  36. Smug
    April 21, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Digital do indeed help but only in case you pirate and archive your shit considering digital distribution services cannot be trusted in the long run (Steam, GoG, PSN, etc.) and only hurt the legitimate customer.

    And I agree a lot of old games in physical form are unnecessary expensive, especially from the known franchises

  37. ScarredBushido
    April 21, 2016 at 5:59 am

    i wonder if ps3 is next to go? if so, better finish my back log lol

  38. Feniks
    April 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Yeah I think we can all agree that piracy is the best option in the long term.

  39. CoolingGibbon
    April 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Legitimate customer? GIve me a f*cking break. You stop being legitimate the moment you start stealing. Nobody owes you anything. Don’t like digital? Then ignore the game entirely, it’s that simple.

  40. CoolingGibbon
    April 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

    No we don’t. Just because you’re a thief doesn’t mean everyone is.

  41. Smug
    April 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    >”I cant read hurr”
    >le ‘piracy is stealing’ meme

    Guess what too, companies dont also get my money when I buy used games from middlemen (ebay sellers, friends, etc.)

    Enjoy being fucked by shitty business practises though

  42. Smug
    April 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    yes good goy that’s the spirit

  43. CoolingGibbon
    April 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Lol, that’s the so-called excuse you thieves always come up with… “big bad corporations”. Frankly it gets tiring. But then that’s to be expected. I could go on about how stealing sh*t doesn’t to anything to curb business malpractices and instead enforces them, but I doubt you’re anything more than a dyslexic so I’ll spare the effort.

  44. CoolingGibbon
    April 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    A good goy is always better than a petty c*nt.

  45. Smug
    April 21, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    No need to self-censor, faggot.

  46. Smug
    April 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    You really must enjoy DRM, DLCs, early access, pay4online, season passes, and digital distribution services denying you access for the lulz, etc. then.

    Reminder there is no advantage at being a vidya buyfag

  47. CoolingGibbon
    April 21, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    A lot of kids read the comments so I’ll stick with the censorship. But since you’re a petty c*nt I don’t expect you to understand internet etiquette or be considerate of others.

  48. CoolingGibbon
    April 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    And you really must not understand why DRM and such other practices are present in the first place. It’s an inconvenient truth pirates seem to conveniently bypass all the time.

  49. DrearierSpider
    April 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Funny how you mention GOG. They have no DRM, and you’re free to back up everything you buy so you’re safe if they do ever go under.

  50. DrearierSpider
    April 21, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Physical discs will now be useless years down the line when you can’t access the servers to get mandatory patches. Try playing the launch version of Skyrim on PS3.

  51. DariusQ
    April 21, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    X360 had a great run albeit a less than graceful exit.

  52. Smug
    April 21, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Just say the kids are stupid too.

  53. CoolingGibbon
    April 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Kids are stupid because they are kids, You though don’t have such an excuse.

  54. Immahnoob
    April 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    PC gaming will never fall for that.