Microsoft has halted production of the Xbox 360

Xbox 360 production has stopped after more than a decade

Microsoft has officially stopped production of the Xbox 360.

News of the decision was first revealed in a blog post written by Xbox head Phil Spencer, who says the decision was made due to “the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old.”

Along with the announcement Spencer shared some very impressive numbers. Xbox 360 owners have spent 78 billion hours playing games and 25 billion hours within apps.

The company will continue to offer support to Xbox 360 owners with its biggest commitment focused on Xbox Live.

Microsoft will allow Xbox 360 owners to continue buying and playing multiplayer games online for the foreseeable future.

Microsoft will also continue to offer support for Xbox 360 hardware while allowing those who upgrade to the Xbox One to play backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games at no charge.

The tech giant hasn’t revealed how long it will continue to support the Xbox 360.

The Xbox 360 was the best selling hardware platform for the company, easily outpacing the Playstation 3. However, Sony has handily beat out the Xbox One in month-over-month sales with its own PS4 hardware.

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