Today Microsoft has announced that they have ended production for the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 has been one of the best gaming systems and has withstood the test of time having had a successful run for over a decade. The Xbox 360 was a vital part to those at Microsoft as well as gamers across the world. The system saw some incredible franchises including Gears of War, Halo, and Call of Duty which really shaped and solidified it’s place on the market. The Xbox 360 in total has over 78 billion gaming hours played, nearly 486 billion Gamerscore, 27 billion achievements and more than 25 billion hours spent on apps in its lifetime. While the system will no longer be made, Microsoft does plan to continue support for the system. Microsoft has outlined the ways the Xbox 360 will live on: 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 Backward Compatibility – at no additional cost. Games are still being produced for the Xbox 360, and old titles for the Xbox 360 will still be able to be played via Xbox One Backward Compatibility. In a post to the official Xbox news site, Xbox head Phil Spencer said, I want to personally thank the Xbox community – that includes the vast and diverse audience of gamers, developers and publishers who brought so much passion and creativity to the Xbox 360. You are the heart of what we do at TEAM XBOX, and you have been critical to the success of Xbox 360. Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be sharing more of our plans for gaming on Xbox One, Windows 10 and beyond. And as always, keep the feedback coming. Let us know what your favorite Xbox 360 game is in the comments below.