Death came suddenly for the lowly original Xbox. One minute owners of Microsoft's first system were sitting down to play Jade Empire and Forza Motorsport, and the next it was gone, replaced by the upstart Xbox 360 in the autumn of 2005. Owners of the current Xbox need not worry. Death for the successor won't come nearly as swiftly.
Speaking recently with 1UP, Microsoft's Shane Kim said that the company was hoping that the Xbox 360 would have more of the staying power evinced by Sony's omnipresent console.
"If we could have a PS2-like tail, that would be awesome for the Xbox 360. I don't think you're going to see the same abrupt move to the next-generation," Kim told 1UP. "We'll have a much more balanced approach when the next-generation arrives."