2016 has claimed some of the world’s greatest talents and heroes, from the likes of David Bowie to Prince and Victoria Wood just last week. Our news feed has been filled with messages of sorrow whilst commemorating the joy that these individuals has brought into our lives. On top of all of this, we lost a different type of hero last week that has gone slightly under the radar: the Xbox 360.

Whilst it’s fair to say that we can’t put the 360 in the same category as any of these late greats, we can’t deny that the console has brought joy to so many peoples lives over the last 10-plus-years. So, we think it’s only right that we give it a good send off and remember all of the good times that we shared together. Between the worldwide community of gamers we’ve managed to spend 78 billion hours to complete over 27 billion achievements and rack up a Gamerscore of 486 billion. Now if those statistics don’t make you emotional about its departure then i’m not sure what will, you bunch of heartless machines.

Do not fear though, the Xbox One is alive and kicking with some exciting developments to come.

At the procession last week Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, gave the eulogy telling the world that the “Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft, and while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country.”

Not all hope is lost, as whilst they have stopped manufacturing this staple in gaming history, they will still continue to provide online support with the store remaining open, live services remaining active and backwards compatibility still working for the Xbox One.

Phil has also promised to share more of their plans for gaming on Xbox One in the coming weeks with more updates around windows 10 and beyond.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as it comes @VRandstuff