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The Final Year of Xbox 360

IGN:The original Xbox went out with a bang in 2005, delivering some of the console’s best games ever like Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, and Psychonauts. It seems history may repeat itself, as the Xbox 360 is also set to get a spectacular sendoff in 2013 in advance of the so-called Xbox 720/Durango next fall. Yes, of course, plenty of games will find their way to the 360 in 2014 – good ones, too! – but 2013 marks the final year that the current Xbox will be the flagship of the brand, with the entire world’s eyes (and dollars) fixed upon it. (Xbox 360)

NYC_Gamer  +   1064d ago
360 is now in the final lap after a strong performance
darthv72  +   1064d ago
final lap
after a few tire changes and a blown engine or two but yeah...its been a rough ride those first few laps.
hazardman  +   1064d ago
Well I have to say after the overhaul they did alright. Cant wait for next gen to BEGIN!
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nukeitall  +   1064d ago
Yeah, it is amazing how a few blown tires didn't damage the brand as much as it could. Imagine, if the Xbox 360 didn't blow a tire?

It might have come in comfortably in second place instead of sharing it. Not too shabby for a console that nobody believed in, and was laughed at by the competition.
Enemy  +   1063d ago
Let's play a fun game. Let's play which console has more GOTY winners.
Playstation4LyFe  +   1064d ago
DVD drive.. multiple disks.. pay to play online.. terrible exclusive selection... yea try again later.
Mikefizzled  +   1064d ago
I would value someones view but if they are name is Playstation4LyFe and in a discussion about the direct rival I doubt the opinion will be unbiased
coolvibu93  +   1063d ago
PlayStation4Lyfe, your name doesn't suggest any bias at all. Say what you want, but it was the home of the highest rated exclusive first-person, third-person shooter and racing franchise of the generation.
morkendo23  +   1063d ago
good riddence, last lap should had happen back in 2006 with RROD,E47,disk errors etc.........

ps4 time to claim AVENGENCE.
Hingle_Mcringleberry  +   1063d ago
Wow. Avengence? Could you be more of a fanboy dork?
doogiebear  +   1063d ago
Xbox has been dragging it's "final" year for the duration of the last 3 years. Ps3 has had more great exclusives in any given year (since 2010), than xbox has had in that entire duration up until now, COMBINED.

MS only cares about the casuals now, so all the "exclusives" are now Kinect games. MS really crapped on their fanbase.
ALLWRONG  +   1063d ago
2012 Sony released only casual games while MS gave it's fans Halo and Forza. Also Wonderbook and Move say hi. Sony hasn't released a core game since 2011 and the next isn't do util Last of Us comes out.

Nice try though
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1063d ago
Actually, MS was very consistent from the start of the gen to late 2010 which ended with fable 3 and Reach.

Btw noticed how Xbox sold so much better a year after they're hardcore exclusive reign?

2011 was the ONLY year when they went totally casual, Any year before Kinect it was all about the hardcore.


This year was a mixture of casual Kinect Steel Batallion, Wreckateer, and Star Wars Kinect. Which all three scored low Btw. Which is good if your a hardcore gamer right?

XBL arcade, Minecraft, Trials Evolution, Mark Of the Ninja and Dust: An Elysian tale and Alan Wake: American Nightmare.

Hardcore: Witcher 2, Halo 4 and Forza Horizon. GOW Judgement (coming soon)

It was a mixed year. Again, only 2011 was a casual year for MS. Any year before and soon after will be hardcore.
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Beastradamus  +   1063d ago
I sure enjoyed The Witcher 2, Halo 4 and Minecraft... but yeah those don't count.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1063d ago

***"2012 Sony released only casual games"***


***"MS gave it's fans Halo and Forza."***


***"Also Wonderbook and Move say hi"***


***"Sony hasn't released a core game since 2011"***


***"The next isn't do util Last of Us comes out."***


Nice try though
Ezz2013  +   1063d ago
"the next isn't do util Last of Us comes out"

ps3 in 2013:
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
God of War: Ascension
The Last of Us
Beyond: Two Souls
Dust 514
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Until Dawn

Xbox360 in 2013:
gears of war Judgement
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TAURUS-555  +   1063d ago
how dit they call it ?...HD-DVD or something...haha. biggest joke in history. poor souls that bought that thing.
B1663r  +   1063d ago
Yeah... We all moved onto streaming everything, and just skipped the blu-ray non-revolution.

Oh and Blu-ray never got a single movie exclusive. Not even a one.

On the other hand, we get streamed exclusives every week over here on Xbox Live.

And Blu-ray, while it eventually found a nitch, is still just a bit player in the video industry.

I said it way back in 2007 on Digg, and my prediction turned out to be true. Blu-ray DOA.

Better luck next gen!
Beastradamus  +   1063d ago
Blu-ray was not a failure. All the 360 fanboys will love having a Blu-ray player when the next Xbox comes out.
avengers1978  +   1063d ago
I would like to see them to continue supporting the 360 all the way up to and past the release of there new console... I remember that Ms stopped support for the original Xbox (well it seemed like before they even released the 360)... with very few exclusive games coming out in 2013 it seems like they are already moving on
cl1983  +   1064d ago
I think we still have the 360 through 2014.
Riderz1337  +   1064d ago
Doubt it seeing as Microsoft will most likely stop supporting the 360 when the 720 releases (2013).
IC3_DEMON  +   1064d ago
But it's still possible to play 360 games on the 720, right?

If not that's a huge rip-off.
aquamala  +   1064d ago
^^^ can you play xbox games on xbox 360? so I say chances of BC is not good
Riderz1337  +   1064d ago
@IC3_DEMON, Nobody knows because nothing has been confirmed.
Dms2012  +   1064d ago
Why do you think this?
hazardman  +   1064d ago
yes it will be able to play 360 games.
darthv72  +   1064d ago
"can you play xbox games on xbox 360?"

Short answer...yes.

Of all the original xbox games i have there is only 1 i cannot play. MGS2 substance. Every other game i am able to play without issue.
ALLWRONG  +   1063d ago
"Doubt it seeing as Microsoft will most likely stop supporting the 360 when the 720 releases"

Nope try harder. MS has made it clear they will continue to support the 360 and it's games. The fact that it's 7 years old is proof of that.
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Riderz1337  +   1063d ago
@ALLWRONG, Really Microsoft is supporting the 360 right now? Woah way to use logic buddy. Maybe you should read what I wrote. I said Microsoft will drop the 360 when the 720 COMES OUT. What happened to the original Xbox when the 360 came out? It was abandoned. You have absolutely no proof whereas I am going by history.
jp_footy2  +   1064d ago
Xbox 360 has done a great job and will most probably reach 100 million sales.
k-dillinger  +   1064d ago
Naw its not reaching 100 milli the ps3 will and of course the wii aswell
jp_footy2  +   1064d ago
To tell you the truth, k-dillinger, it wouldn't surprise me if the PS3 reaches 150 million sales.
DiRtY  +   1064d ago


To achieve that the PS3 has to be on the market till 2019 (!!!) without slowing down in sales at all.

So a PS4 and rumors of the PS5 by then would not hurt sales of the PS3 at all. Neither would the Xbox 720, Xbox 4 the Wii U, the next Nintendo system or anything like that. I highly doubt that.
jp_footy2  +   1064d ago

By next Christmas, PS3 will probably have reached 100 million sales. Then it will average 8-10 million per year until 2017-18.

Don't forget, the cheapest PS3 you can get in the US is still $269.

When It goes below $199 sales will explode.
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josephayal  +   1064d ago | Well said
Xbox 360
No Doubt one of the best consoles of all time
hazardman  +   1064d ago
I concur...
darthv72  +   1064d ago
If given the choice
between the genesis and the 360 i put the genesis first.

In effect, both are similar to one another. they both were the 2nd release to their respected companies and both had to face a tough uphill battle against a more popular competitor that was already on the market.

Meaning genesis came out against the NES until the SNES was released. 360 came out against the PS2 until the PS3 (and wii) were released.

Both managed to garner significant market share and foothold in popular culture.

i have been a long time sega fan so my choice is the genesis for old school gaming and the 360 for current gen gaming.

I do throw a nod out to all contributors in this industry as each one has added more to the entertainment of this hobby than they have hindered it. Even those that didnt go on to have a successful 2nd release like 3do, neogeo, turbografx. They all are worthy platforms to play.
Y_5150  +   1064d ago
I haven't bought the original Xbox, not the 360. I would like for the next console to finally convince me to go Xbox but I don't think so. PlayStation and Nintendo had always got me covered when it comes to gaming. Theirs only a few retail games that interest me that's exclusive on the system (Xbox arcade probably has a lot that I might be missing out on though.)But I'm a little curious on what the Next Xbox will bring. Gunstringer was a fun game though.
Ulf  +   1064d ago
Halo 4 was amazing. I am shocked they pulled that much out of a 7-year-old console.

Really looking forward to the rest of the 360's offering.
brandonb21  +   1064d ago
my body is ready. my bank account probably not.
konnerbllb  +   1064d ago
You have a year to save 400 for a console and up to 120 for games. More than enough time.
BanBrother  +   1064d ago
"my body is ready."

I'm not even going to ask what you intend to do with the new consoles.
Jek_Porkins  +   1064d ago
Microsoft said they will support the Xbox 360 into 2015 and I tend to believe them. I highly doubt we'll see many exclusives after 2013, but it'd be foolish to think we wont see third party games like Call Of Duty, Battlefield and Madden for at least a couple of years after the next Xbox releases. There are over 70+ million 360's out there, and Microsoft has done a good job at marketing the Xbox 360 as MORE than a game machine, so I'd say it definitely has a couple of years left in the tank.

To those that would compare to the original Xbox, that thing was costly to produce and Microsoft took a loss on every console sold, they make money on every 360 sold. Also, the company that made the chip set in the original Xbox stopped producing them, which sort of forced Microsoft's hand in launching the 360 earlier than they wanted.

Personally I am surprised that they got a game like Halo 4 and Forza Horizon to look and play so great this late in the generation, and while I'm more than content to continue and play the 360, I'm really looking forward to the future.
KontryBoy706  +   1064d ago
It seems history may repeat itself, as the Xbox 360 is also set to get a spectacular sendoff in 2013... with one exclusive?
DOMination-  +   1063d ago
I bet next year when ps3 is the same age as 360 is now it won't have many exclusive either
MYSTERIO360  +   1063d ago
Have you checked the amount of exclusives that are slated for next year from sony. PS3 has many including Beyond two souls, The last of us, GOW ascensions and more. Sony are still supporting the PS3 strongly next year.
DOMination-  +   1063d ago
I meant this time next year, not literally next year
KontryBoy706  +   1063d ago
no fanboy puns intended but honestly the 360 hasn't had many exclusives since like 2009. We all know it's pretty much been the same 3. Gears, Halo and Forza. Only difference is next year it's ONLY Gears
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DOMination-  +   1063d ago
It's certainly had less AAA exclusives than PS3 for sure over the last couple of years. But hopefully it's a point MS is taking more seriously because they now have 19 first party studios. I would like to think a good few of them are working on new IP for next gen.
wishingW3L  +   1063d ago
PS4 is coming out next year.
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kupomogli  +   1063d ago

History has shown that even after the next console has released, there have been plenty of exclusives for their past consoles. Whether it's third party support or first party support.

God of War 2 released after the launch of the PS3. They should have ported it over to HD and made it a PS3 launch title instead. The PS3 would have done much better this gen. Anyways. The most recent PS2 game announced for 2013 was Final Fantasy 11's most recent expansion. It's only going to be released in Japan for the PS2 though.

If you look at the Vita releases in Japan, there's not too many. However, Japan still loves their PSPs. There are more third party games releasing on the PSP next year in Japan than there are Vita games in all regions. This actually hurts the Vita though.

It's not really Japan still loves this console or that. If the developer still prints games, as Sony still allows printing games for past systems. third party developers in Japan will support those systems long after they're dead.

So. Even if the PS4 releases this year. I'd take that bet.
mrcapcom  +   1063d ago
yes 2013 is a great year most of the games are cross platform.
should be 2013 = less exclusives and no new exclusive ips.
i do not get how it is going out with a bang. it seems the console is slowing down if anything. i think xbox should be giving there customers more a hell of a lot more than this.
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OniXRuleZ  +   1063d ago
LMAO! The coments os playstation Fanboys make me LAFFFFFFFE....
2 place LOL! ya if you count the wii in 1 place and xbox in 2 place! beacause the real is Wii in 1, xbox in 2 and ps3 in 3....
Bad exclusives? what are you fanboys smoking?
bad online? shit this site is evil bad for allowing this kind of fake and not true coments against the others consoles, because for what i see wen this apens against ps3 they remove the coments! man in hate fanboys, i bet they are 12 year old kids, thats impossivel grown up adults having this kind os retarded coments!
like it or not Xbox have the best online!
ps 3 power? were is it? if every game is best on xbox! i will not buy a ps3 just to play 4 to 5 good locking games, i buy a console to play every good game in the market, and all the good games are best on xbox... GTA, RED DEAD REDEMTION, FAR CRY 3, CRYSIS 2, SKYRIM, COD BO 2, want more? ya is true we pay for online... THATS WY IS THE BEST...
the problem is that some people dont forgive xbox for taking the playstation from the N1 place that ps2 was in the past!
sorry got to go i am sick of the Bull... that i see from fanboys in this site...
ya my english is not good i no... i am from PORTUGAL and live in france!
realiks  +   1063d ago
your english is not the problem. your opinion is. I had xbox 360 from 2008-2010 and when i bought ps3 i sold my xbox. I thought like you until i got my first playstation console. free online, this year ps+, and many exclusives.
I only miss Gears of War, but if you have 360, you're missing a lot ;)
Tzuno  +   1063d ago
Hello Haters. 360 is still king.
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OniXRuleZ  +   1063d ago
realiks a have all the consoles in the market, even a 6000 euros PC, i am a fanboy but for video games not consoles, WII for my children, pc for grafics and work, ps 3 for the amazing excluves like uncharted series, XBOX 360 and pc for online, and the superior gaming, i am sorry but after pc the best comunity online is XBOX LIVE, you pay... but thats why we dont have the same problems ps 3 have, dont get me rong we have problemes on xbox live, but not as mucht!
i do no the ps3 is the most powerfull console in the market, but the probleme is you can onli see on exclusives!
ask your self if you have the money for only one console, will you buy it just to play 5 or 10 loking games? or will you buy one were almost every game runs best?
PEOPLE NEED TO STOP HATING! WE NEED ALL THE CONSOLES! if MICROSOFT OR SONY STAY ALONE THE PRICES WILL GO UP FAST AND THEY WILL ABUSE THE FANS! just lock to microsof in the past and ther shity policy beacause they have the power in software and pc, but now that APPLE is actuly having luck and groing fast! microsof is puting the prices down, you can actualy buy MICROSOFT WINDOWS 8 pro for 59 euros! thats the good thing about competition every body wins!
realiks  +   1063d ago
I am truly microsoft fan, but I don't think we should pay to play multiplayer. We pay enough for overpriced games already.
So if microsoft doesn't want to invest on exclusives, you can get ps3 (online free, exclusives and multiplatform (that are already on pc and xbox 360).

Many of us don't have the privilege to own all consoles. I just narrowed it down the negativities of xbox 360, hopefully will be gone once new xbox is revealed.
FunAndGun  +   1063d ago

yeah, you already supported the pay to play online model. So thanks for making that a precedent and supporting it! way to be a chump.

The ONLY reason I don't use a 360 is because I will NEVER pay to play online. sorry, it is not about money, it is the principle of the matter and being forced. Paying $500+ over the life of the console JUST to play online is complete robbery.

I look down on all you "gamers" that supported the pay to play model and made it successful. I look forward to seeing how you get extorted in the next gen!
OniXRuleZ  +   1062d ago
so i see you are the kind of guy that will never play or try nice MMO online like Final Fantasy 11 or world of warcraft! just beacause you need to pay... ok thats one opinion and i respected, i do pay for XBOX LIVE but e do see that the suport is better than ps networ! thats why wee have now ps plus for beter supor too on playstation! but i see that a lot of people will never suporte playstation in that aspect, you guys do no that by paying ps plus you will be suporting and evolving for a beter network?
i do pay for xbox live and i love it! i have party for 8 friends, more dlc's, etc, etc! i do pay for games like FINAL FANTASY 11 or WORLD OF WARCRAFT! BUT that's wy people call me a REAL GAMER! i love video games and i suport them all the way!
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1063d ago
Final lap indeed and I must say its been fun. And I'm up for it again come next gen.

I said in a statement before that the 360 will lose its sales lead to PS3 next year. I thought about it and I take that statement back. The 360 will continue to lead in the U.S come next year I think.

The rumblings of a new consoles resonate with the hardcore than the masses/casuals. People still wanted a Ps2 even after PSS360 got released. I can see a similar trend with the 360, that is if MS allows it.

MS is all about moving forward and converting people (Eample: windows 7 & 8) I believe MS will support the 360 a little while longer but definitely not too much longer.

Seeing how MS wants people to focus on the much newer tech rather than the older.

Ok Rant over.
cedaridge  +   1063d ago
I must say not sure how I feel about the whole paying for online vs. Not paying for online. What I do know for me I find convience in the xbox 360. Let me explain I have 2 xbox. Whether I'm at home, at a relative/friend home, or out of town. It's good to know I can log in on their xbox. That's is cool to me. My profile go were I go and I like that about the xbox. My ps3 is in my bedroom, One of my xbox is hooked up to my HT System, and the other is hook up in another room. That will be 1 of many factors I will look for with the next system. Which system will provide that convience for me.
FrigidDARKNESS  +   1063d ago
There you have it folks the 360 dominated this generation with games and the worlds best on line services that will continue to keep customers wanting more well into next generation.....bravo to Microsoft and the 360.
wishingW3L  +   1063d ago

PS3: Yakuza 5, The Last of Us, GOW Ascension, Beyond 2 Souls, Disgaea D2, Tales of Xillia, Ni No Kuni

Xbox: GeoW Judgment
AO1JMM  +   1063d ago
The only PS3 game I will buy next year is The Last of us. So to me there are neck n nevk for 2013 for purchases.
Ezz2013  +   1063d ago
wow you opinion mean... nothing
facts are facts
ps3 have wayyyyyyyy more AAA exclusives next year
and xbox have one
you buy them or not it's on you
but they are far from even
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TheNocturnus  +   1063d ago
Don't forget to add the 720's exclusives to that list when they are announced this coming summer.
AO1JMM  +   1063d ago
Of coure this is filled with hater comment by playstation only douches.
ShadowGhost  +   1063d ago
I agree. As a PS fan, those guys are making us look bad and I wish they would quit, but the same goes for MS and Ninty douches as well.
kupomogli  +   1063d ago
I see 360 and Nintendo fanboys constantly bashing Sony as well.

Besides. You don't have to own "just a Playstation" to bash the 360 or Nintendo. I own the Nintendo portables, Wii games for when I am at someones home who owns a Wii or when I get a Wii U, a very capable gaming PC, and I used to own a 360. I'm anti Nintendo and bash them all the time. The 360 is alright, but the past few years they've had a major lack of exclusives and I've always hated XBL Gold requiring you to pay to play games online.

Doesn't matter what side you're on.

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Hicken  +   1063d ago
Like the Microsoft only douches don't fill Sony threads with hater comments?
XabiDaChosenOne  +   1063d ago
Yes, what a great run it was leading all the way up to the final stretch just to give up it's hold on second place right before the finish line.
ShadowGhost  +   1063d ago
I'm not gonna lie. I'm a PlayStation guy and I do agree the the 360 did a fantastic job of competing against Sony this gen. Can't wait to see both the PS4 and the next Xbox next year.

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