Back when the Xbox One came to market, Microsoft's Xbox 360 was already an ancient eight years old. Overall, the 7th generation of consoles, made up of the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3, was the most successful console generation ever, and the one with the longest life cycle. When Microsoft released the Xbox One, the software giant from Redmond stated 78 million Xbox 360s had been sold worldwide. Now, an era has come to an end. Microsoft has pulled the plug on the production of the Xbox 360.
Sony's Playstation 3, the direct competitor of the Xbox 360, achieved the same level of sales, but slightly outsold the Microsoft console in December 2012. Nintendo's Wii, however, remained unchallenged. At the turn of 2012/13, the Japanese company had sold its Wii console 99,830,000 times. Nintendo was far from able to repeat its success with the Wii U.
Many console gamers grew up with these consoles, which brought forth scores of great games, heroes and franchises. The current console geneartion and game developers now have to live up to great expectations.
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox business, added the console will still be supported. Xbox 360 owners therefore won't be left behind, at least not at the moment.
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