After over 10-years since its launch, Microsoft, on Wednesday, said it would stop production of the Xbox 360 video game console.
The Redmond Washington Company has shipped out more than 80 million units of the console since it was launched in 2005, and has also helped the company gain a firm foothold in the market.
“Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today,” Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer said in a blog post.
“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.”
The company noted that the death of the Xbox 360 won’t mean the end of many of the services that it requires, so that people still using the console will continue to be able to. They will still be able to access Xbox Live, for instance, and will also be able to buy games through the online store or through real shops. The company has also introduced the ability for users to play games launched for the Xbox 360 on its latest console.
Microsoft currently offers over 100 video game titles as a part of its “backward compatibility” feature.