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Microsoft: "Xbox 360 Has A Lot More Than Two Years Left"

Matt Gardner
Console lifespan, Current gen, E3 2012, Microsoft, Next-gen, Phil Spencer, Xbox 360

Microsoft: "Xbox 360 Has A Lot More Than Two Years Left"

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has reiterated the company's support for their current generation box of tricks, saying that Microsoft are "committed for the long-term" when it comes to the Xbox 360, and that the console has "a lot more than two years" left in it yet.

Microsoft entered this space with the original Xbox 11 years ago, and we're committed for the long-term," Spencer stated, chatting to Gamespot at E3. "The nice thing about the Xbox 360 right now is--if you look--we're the number one console globally. We're able to bring in new content and still support the best of the core games."

"It's a platform that has really reached scale; this is the time when you really see the great content showing up. The future in a lot of ways is always tomorrow: [things like] the SmartGlass technology and Windows 8 [show that] things are going to constantly evolve. The world where everything gets centered around one console and when that comes out--we kind of have to evolve away from just thinking about that, [especially] with the service-based nature of games today."

There was nary a whiff of any for of next-gen hardware from Microsoft this year at E3, and that's not really surprising, particularly if Spencer's hopes for the Xbox 360's lifespan are true,

"Right now the Xbox 360 is really healthy and it's doing incredibly well. I think the 360 has a lot more than two years [left]. It has legs for a long time."

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satchef1  Jun. 8, 2012 at 18:51

Good tbh. Really not bothered about a new console generation at the moment, the current ones do the job nicely. I can see the news upsetting the PC gaming community somewhat though.

englishpunk  Jun. 8, 2012 at 19:20

It's worth noting that the PlayStation 2 wasn't discontinued when the PlayStation 3 was released, in fact you can still purchase the console, and new games are still being developed and released for it ( MLB 2K12 / FIFA 13 / PES 2013 ), this is 6 years after the release of it's successor. I would therefore hope the Xbox 360 has "a lot more than two years" left, but the statement doesn't in any way suggest it'll be the flagship console for Microsoft for that time.

Late  Jun. 8, 2012 at 20:40

Wouldn't be surprised if the MS bosses watched Nintendo's E3 then phoned their R&D people to tell them they can take it easy - there aren't any competitors with next gen consoles after all...

If the U looked good Microsoft and Sony would be feeling the pressure to bring out a new console. But it doesn't.

Harryisme  Jun. 8, 2012 at 20:56

If Microsoft wants to increase the life-cycle of the Xbox 360 beyond the next 24 months, they need to show that the games part of the games console is still going to be supported after two years.

At the moment with the exception of a couple of worthwhile first party games, it's all third party games keeping the console going, and even then most of them are sequels, that are getting tiring and are losing it's appeal.

I want a new console not just for the graphics but because I want to see some new franchises, some new idea's not just another First Person Shooter, Consoles might still be getting sold but the software sales does not appear to be growing alongside it, infact I believe I read an article that games software sales are on the decline. Unfortunately I don't see the WiiU invigarating the market, if anything from what I've seen so far it's going to be the same games as the other two consoles with a few fiew first party and some third party party games thrown in for good measure.

DivideByZero  Jun. 9, 2012 at 17:23

Keeping the 360 going is all well and good. But if you are going to snub the next-gen by "monetising" your customers and taking the 360s core business away from core gaming then you are heading down the same path Nintendo are on.

Also, when a next gen comes out, the games are basically the same for a bit then start to get better and better (up to the limit of the hardware). MS seem to be suggesting that moving forward will be worse for us and I just dont believe that is true.

Doors  Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:23

I agree with MS, I just don't think there has been enough evolution in the hardware to warrant the release of a next gen console. The WiiU does not appear next gen to me it is merely nintendo catching up with MS and Sony.


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