Xbox, Off: After 10 years, Microsoft is pulling the plug on the Xbox 360

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Today, Phil Spencer took to the official Xbox blog to write a love letter about the console that had a hand in shaping the console wars as we know it. In his letter, he talks about the 10 year history of the console, how many people had the Xbox 360 as their first console and the legacy it has created. It’s a very endearing read, full of nostalgia and admiration. Phil Spencer also announces that Microsoft has made the decision to end production of the Xbox 360 console.

In many ways, the announcement shouldn’t be a surprise. The Xbox 360 had an awesome run and stood at the top of many “best of” lists for a very long time. The Xbox 360 Slim can be considered an iconic-design, up there with the SNES, NES and PS4. It was the first platform to truly integrate an online system and community. Xbox introduced an awesome console-based indie marketplace that has given birth to some awesome developers, like Ska Studios. The Xbox 360 was awesome. That’s all there really is to that.

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Remember this gem?

Do you all remember the Zero Hour launch event with all the celebrities and people oogling over games like Perfect Dark Zero and Madden 06 (worst Madden ever)? It’s crazy to think that my first review title was for that system, it’s still one of the greatest console exclusives ever, Lost Oddysey. My fingerprint-smudged Xbox 360 Slim is filled to the brim with memories of late night Halo 3 sessions and a crazy drunken binge legend of a savant-like Call of Duty 2 game session, long before matches were a thing. I cut my teeth in the online world with the Xbox 360 and it deserves a true viking funeral.

Fortunately, we can hold off building the funeral pyre just yet. Phil Spencer also outlined the plan for what will happen with the existing 360 network and games going forward. It’s all good news.

  • 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.

What are your thoughts on the big ol’ red ring of death finally coming on for the 360? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Josh Knowles
7 year veteran of the video game journalism industry. Guinness World Record holder, Wordsmith extraordinaire, MOBA fan, devoted dad & husband.
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Josh Knowles

7 year veteran of the video game journalism industry. Guinness World Record holder, Wordsmith extraordinaire, MOBA fan, devoted dad & husband.