The end of an era.
After an industry defining run on the market that went on for more than 10 years, Microsoft have announced that they will now be ending production of the Xbox 360– starting now, only residual Xbox 360 inventory will be sold, and once they’ve sold it all, there will be no more new Xbox 360 consoles in the wild.
The Xbox 360, Microsoft’s second console, still remains their most successful outing on the market, as well as one of the most important consoles in this industry’s history. With over 80 million units sold, it is also one of the most successful consoles of all time- its legacy is felt in the fact that modern consoles are all built in the image of the Xbox 360.
Production of the Xbox 360 may be ending, but Microsoft has committed to continuing to support the system for the foreseeable future. This will include:
And with that, one of the most influential consoles of all time comes to an end, as does an era- an era when Microsoft was setting the tone and pace for the industry. The Xbox One is largely not as much of a success as the epoch defining Xbox 360 was, and I suppose all of us can only hope that by the end of its run, it will have amassed a legacy approaching that of the Xbox 360.