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Microsoft to stop manufacture Xbox 360

Keshie Hernitaningtyas
Keshie Hernitaningtyas

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, April 21, 2016  /  02:23 pm
Microsoft to stop manufacture Xbox 360

More than 80 million units have been sold since the Xbox 360 console was launched in 2005. (Shutterstock.com/Valentina Razumova)

Microsoft has announced that it will no longer manufacture the Xbox 360 console.

In a blog post published on Wednesday, Xbox head Phil Spencer shared his thoughts on how the Xbox 360 had helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at the company, adding that the devise was also the foundation for industry-leading technical innovation.

"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," Spencer said.

"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."

Microsoft stated it would continue to support the platform, including by providing Xbox Live servers and services such as online multiplayer gaming and parties and access to apps and games. Gamers would also be able to continue to buy over 4,000 Xbox 360 games and accessories online and offline - while supplies last.

"And Xbox One owners will be able to continue to enjoy available Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility – at no additional cost," added Spencer.

More than 80 million units have been sold since the Xbox 360 console was launched in 2005, according to the Daily Mail. Over its lifetime, the console reportedly recorded over 78 billion gaming hours played and over 25 billion hours spent in apps.

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