Xbox 360 to live another three years, says Microsoft

Xbox 360 will be eight years old by the time Microsoft launches its successor, Xbox One. But unlike the original Xbox, Microsoft plans to keep the platform viable well into the future. The company's Yusuf Mehdi commented at the Citi Global Conference that they're still planning to keep it alive for at least three more years, with more than 100 planned games.

"If you look at 360 that platform lasted for seven to eight years and it's going to go for another three years," Mehdi said, as reported by Eurogamer. The reason for such prolonged support of an aging device? "It's incredibly profitable now in the tail," Mehdi added.

He also reaffirmed the company's commitment to supporting the platform, saying more than 100 new games will still be released over the next few years. "We're going to continue to invest in Xbox 360, and the two devices can work in concert. So it's not like the day we ship Xbox One your 360 won't work. We'll continue to support it. And as we can cost reduce our box as we've done with 360, we'll do that to continue to price reduce and get even more competitive with our offering."

EA echoed those sentiments earlier this year, when the company predicted at least two more years of cross-generation releases.