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Microsoft discontinues the Xbox-360

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On April 20th, in a blog post from Microsoft boss Phil Spencer, it was announced that the Xbox 360 would be discontinued. The decision has not come as a shocker for many fans of the record breaking console as it was only a mere seven months away from its 11-year anniversary. The decision has been rumored to happen for many months since it’s 10-year anniversary in November 2015. In the blog post from Phil Spencer, he says that the reason for discontinuing the ever-so popular console was because “The realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us.”

For players still actively using the Xbox 360, there is a silver-lining. In the same blog post, Phil Spencer lists the features that will still be supported by Microsoft. He says:

  • “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 Compatibility — at no additional cost.”

For many fans, it is agreeable that Microsoft tis making a good decision for their future in the gaming industry. “I feel like this is a good step in the future of consoles for Microsoft,” says Junior Josh Dorofee. While fans who grew up playing the console may be sad, it is clear to many that the future for Microsoft will be good.

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