Microsoft Will Support Xbox 360 Until 2016; 100 New Games Still Coming

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Although many Xbox 360 owners will soon be shoving the console aside to make room for the Xbox One on November 22, there are still going to be plenty of gamers out there holding onto the soon-to-be previous-gen Microsoft gaming console. Most of today’s Microsoft news centered around the announcement of the official Xbox One release date, but they did take a moment to remind Xbox 360 owners that the company will still support the console for a few more years.

At yesterday’s Citi Global Technology Conference, Xbox Marketing and Strategy Chief Yusuf Mehdi explained that Microsoft intends to fully support the Xbox 360 until 2016. This is certainly good, albeit expected, news for consumers not looking to shell out $499 for the Xbox One quite yet, and developers looking to capitalize on the Xbox 360’s large install base. According to Mehdi, 360 owners can rest assured that the company will still offer support for the next three years.

“It’s not like the day we ship the Xbox One your 360 won’t work; we’ll continue to support it. In fact, we’re going to ship over 100 new games on Xbox 360. So you’ll still be able to play your [older] games, just not on the same exact box.”

The release of 100 new games in the next three years should help to keep Xbox 360 owners spending money. In responses to questions about Microsoft’s profitability, Mehdi claimed that the Xbox 360 is actually incredibly profitable now in the tail of the cycle. He cited the console and Xbox Live as two ongoing revenue streams for the company.

The original Xbox also received occasional support after the Xbox 360 launch in 2005, so it’s no surprise that the Xbox 360 will receive the same (or better) treatment. Support for the Xbox wasn’t extensive, but Xbox live support did stay in place until 2010.

Three more years of support will allow the console to head off to pasture after an 11-year life cycle. Some fans may be disappointed when the support dies off in 2016, but it’s hard to ask for a much longer console life cycle than the 360 will have seen by then. Gamers would have to look back to the impressive 13-year life cycle of the PlayStation 2 to find a console that lasted longer than the 360.

PS4 Console

PlayStation 3 owners can expect a similar level of support after the PS4 launch on November 15. It was nearly a year ago that Sony confirmed its intentions to support the PlayStation 3 through 2015, which will help push the aging console through the last days of its long-planned 10-year life cycle.


Xbox One releases on November 22, 2013.

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Source: Eurogamer

TAGS: Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One


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  1. I am thinking about buying an xbox 360, and it is good to see that Microsoft are supporting it until 2016 with a 100 new games however what actually happens after 2016 what will Microsoft do if people have problems etc

  2. Frank, I think if you will encounter software issues – don’t think that you will, since almost all of the known issues are being fixed and you will get an improved & stable device; they will not start solving or fixing them after 2016, however, all of the available contents, channels, game updates, demos can be accessed for years as I see. If you are planning to buy an xbox 360 do not hesitate, it’s a best buy now

  3. I am on a budget of $300 and I heard that they are not going to support the x360 after 2016 and I would like to have a console for a long time. Do you think I should still buy an xbox 360? Or should I save my money and get something better?

    • I think you should probably save up and go for the Xbox one. “Supporting the xbox360 until 2016 “,could mean January of 2016 which as I write this would only give you just over a year to enjoy a 360 whereas with an Xbox one you are barely getting into its second year of its life cycle. Which means it has a long way to go before it becomes obsolete.

      • Xbox one is already obsolete,4K is here.

    • Get a xbox one or PS4

    • Several places right now have deals for the Xbox one at $349. I would save my money and go go for that.

  4. This is actually good news for me since I am a late-comer in the Xbox 360 camp. I just bought a 360 two days ago and so I was hoping they would be supporting it for a couple more years at least.

    • You don’t have to worry about this – especially if you are a hardcore gamer you can play hundreds of games offline and (even online for years if you have a gold subscription) and you can get the best deals / discounts before this box going to be obsolete. Theoretically it is – but I don’t really care – I just bought Crysis on-demand for around $2 pimped with the new engine and still looks great running on this old hardware on my plasma.

  5. So how does this effect the Xbox Live aspect of it all? Does this mean the 360 will not have live, or Microsoft will not have updates for it anymore? Thanks!

    • James, as far as I know it won’t affect Xbox Live and it will still be there, available to play multi. They will stop making new xbox 360s in 2016 but they won’t stop Xbox Live.
      I’m basing my opinion on opinion others on the internet, plus I also mentioned this to a Xbox Support rep as a by-the-way question. She stated the same thing – MS won’t make new Xbox 360s after end of support, but Gold will still be there and we will be able to play online/multiplayer. Even if you buy 360 a month before end of support date.
      I myself bought 360 few days ago. It’s great. Kinect is awesome. I really like it.
      This is great news for me and I believe for everybody having 360 or willing to buy it – it won’t die on us in 2016 – It will be still playable for years.

    • It will likely still have live, but who can say? The original XBOX was cut off completely around 2010, all the Microsoft servers shut down.

      But would Microsoft want to lose 10-20 million paying Xbox Live accounts? I think that makes a big difference. I doubt they’d stop offering Live for the 360 as long as they still make good money on it. If the number of subscribers drops to the point that they don’t want to have to maintain support on Live, they’ll end it.

      My guess would be 2020 or later. They don’t want to chuck out 500 million dollars a year in subscription revenue (I think that’s conservative, if we assume maybe 10 million Live Subscriber 360 households next year with no One).

      They’re just promising full support through 2016, not saying it will end then. This was an “At least” statement, not “At most”.

  6. Im also getting a xbox 3)0 I. 2015 can’t wait

  7. My favorite game onxbox is forza horizon 3

  8. I mean 2

  9. Either way the Xbox One will fail to beat the Playstation 4, but I have to give credit that there not just instantaneously cancelling the online for the 360 unlike Nintendo who cancelled the online for the Wii U (Which caused alot of hatestorms on the Wii U)

  10. Do not get the Xbox one whatever you do the controllers terrible and the service sucks if you get the PlayStation 4 you will be way more satisfied trust me on this Xbox one is shoot compared to PlayStation 4

  11. will games games come out after 2016 or is 100 cds are whats left

    i have an xbox slim will that stay longer then 2016

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