The Xbox 360 rides off into the sunset

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Three hardware revisions. A complete overhaul of the user interface – twice. The Red Ring of Death. Custom faceplates. Xbox Live Marketplace. Kinect. After over ten years of ups and downs, Microsoft is ceasing production of the Xbox 360 console. Remaining stock will continue to be sold, but once those units are gone, that’s it. Time to move on to something else.

Thanks to the Xbox 360, we evolved Xbox Live from the original Xbox into the thriving online gaming community it is today. 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.

Although no new Xbox 360 machines will be manufactured, Microsoft assures gamers that their legacy hardware will still be useful. Live services will continue allowing new purchases of Xbox 360 games, multiplayer servers will stay up, and technical support will be honored during the valid warranty period.