Microsoft kills off the Xbox 360 games console

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Ten years after it first launched, Microsoft has said it will stop manufacturing the Xbox 360 games console.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed the death of the Xbox 360 in a blog post on Wednesday, adding that units of the game console will continue to be on sale until all current stock is sold.

Despite it stopping production, the company added that many of the services available with the Xbox 360 won’t be stopped, so existing users will still be able to the likes of Xbox Live, as they do currently.

In its blog post, the company wrote about the important part the Xbox 360 has played in shaping its recent history.

The Xbox 360 was its flagship gaming console until the Xbox One was launched in 2013 and it was through the Xbox 360 that Microsoft first introduced its Kinect motion sensing games.

First launched in 2005, the Xbox 360 was first available with now popular game titles such as Gears of War, Call of Duty 2 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted.

Since its launch, the Microsoft has sold more than 80 million units of the games console worldwide.

“Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today,” Phil Spencer wrote.

“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.”

“While we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us”, he added.

Following the announcement, Microsoft has said that users will still be able to play more than 100 Xbox 360 games on its latest console via its new ‘backward compatibility’ feature.

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