THE XBOX 360 is to be retired and put out to pasture after a decade of noisy living room humming and spinning.
The old Xbox 360, which does what the newer model does except not as expensively or as fancily, will be sent to the silicon equivalent of a glue factory and will cease to be produced.
This makes some sense. Microsoft will be more than keen to move users onto the fancier Xbox One and is probably getting a bit fed up with people buying the old one.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft, gave the old machine a good send off and praised its performance and service.
"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 the 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," he said in an Xbox Wire post.
"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."
Gamers will also get updates, he added, but presumably not major ones. The Gold service will continue to take your money and work, and Games with Gold will carry on.
Of course, people with games for the Xbox 360 will always be able to play them as backwards compatible treats on an Xbox One. So meh.
"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," said Spencer.
"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 share more of our plans for gaming on Xbox One, Windows 10 and beyond."
Yeah, we bet you will. µ
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