Microsoft Xbox 360 killed, ahead of PlayStation 4.5 launch: What should you know

By Team Feedbaac

In a development that potentially hints at the release of a new Xbox console, even after Phil Spencer stated that he was not in favor of such a move, Microsoft has pulled the plug on the popular Xbox 360 after 10 years of supporting the gaming unit.

However, you do not have anything to panic as the popular Gears of War series, and other games will be playable for an extended period of time within your Xbox 360 consoles.

You will also continue to receive the Xbox Live Games with Gold, and Xbox 360 customized deals, along with being able to access the Xbox Live services (until MS stops offering you these services).

“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”, states Xbox boss Phil Spencer in an official blog post.

Nonetheless, Xbox 360 still continues to have its own loyalist database; Xbox 360 owners can check out the below pointers you need to keep in mind at this point of Microsoft having discontinued manufacturing of Xbox 360:

  • Microsoft will support Xbox 360 servers, at least for now. This means that you can check-out and download titles as usual via Xbox Live
  • You will also be able to officially buy Xbox 360 games like regular, along with being able to purchase Xbox 360 accessories. Supplies are still available at your nearest retailers; however, do check-out for stale units
  • Importantly, Microsoft will continue to offer Xbox 360 games backward compatibility on your Xbox One devices.
  • Finally, you will receive Xbox Live updates regularly, for your Xbox 360 devices.

At this point in time, it is worth noting that Sony is all set to launch an upgraded successor to its PlayStation 4, earlier Microsoft had ruled-out competition with Sony’s yet to be released PS device (tentatively codenamed PS 4.5). Are Xbox loyalists listening?