Xbox 360 to live another three years, says Microsoft

Microsoft's Yusuf Medi says the Xbox 360 will last at least another three years, with more than 100 games incoming.

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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.

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    September 4, 2013 12:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Xbox 360 to live another three years, says Microsoft.

    Microsoft's Yusuf Medi says the Xbox 360 will last at least another three years, with more than 100 games incoming.

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      September 4, 2013 12:04 PM

      I'm guessing reality will be in the middle. We'll get this holiday's full release and probably a semi-decent number of titles next holiday; basically anything that was already in production and needs to recoop costs. But the year after, so 2015, don't count on it. Maybe 2 AAA titles at best. I guess 'technically' that's supporting it for 3 more years if you count 2013 since the new system will be out. But we probably wouldn't count 2015 at all in that light.

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      September 4, 2013 12:15 PM

      What does MS have coming out exclusively for the 360 at this point beyond the HD version of Fable? Everything else is either a downscaled XBO 1st or 3rd party game. Stick a fork in that box, the only thing it's good for post-GTA5 is a Windows Media Extender, since that won't be a feature on the Xbox One.

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        September 4, 2013 1:00 PM

        That really doesn't matter if already own the system. At least you'll have something new to play. Sure, it won't sell as many new systems - but I'm sure we'll see a price drop in about 6 weeks on the old systems. Or at least bigger bundles at the same price points.

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          September 4, 2013 2:39 PM

          But if you're planning on upgrading, it really makes no sense to buy the gimped version right now. Instead you'd be better off waiting until later and springing for the next-gen version once you have the console.

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        September 4, 2013 4:09 PM

        Im guessing devs have games cooking in the pot and cant or wont change gears for Xbone right away. Besides Xbox 360 and PS3 have a huge install base, makes good business.

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      September 4, 2013 12:16 PM

      PS2 lived on longer than that but OG Xbox was dropped faster than gravity porn.