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Kinect to extend Xbox 360 lifecycle for five years

Microsoft's Chris Lewis has told GamesIndustry.biz that the new Kinect controller and the new, slimmer Xbox 360 consoles extends the lifespan of the product through to 2015.

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Wrathman2713d ago

oooh i think thats a massive mistake from xbox.

Karooo2713d ago (Edited 2713d ago )

am cry. they need to make profit from the xbox now invest in new xbox, this gen has just started.

Conloles2713d ago

And so every year the graphical power of GPU's will continue to double what is currently offered in 360 and PS3 but alas we'll be held back by these consoles. Thanks a lot youve added a lot to the gaming industry, making it the norm to pay for a subscription, making it the norm to pay for DLC, making it the norm for exclusive DLC cheers!

GrieverSoul2713d ago

The economy aint helping either! Every developer complains about the development process in each console cycle. That costs millions!

MicroSoft are being smart! They know few developers would actually invest their low resources in a new console with a small install base. With all the talk from great developers asying they are going multiplat due to costs, people actually think a new console would rise?! Either its a console from a competitor (like Nintendo or Apple) but with slightly more power on them or a if it was more powerfull it would be receiving ports from the lower PS3 and X360 versions.

AtatakaiSamurai2713d ago (Edited 2713d ago )

looks like that chubear guy was right. interesting

hmmmm2713d ago

@Conloles

'making it the norm to pay for DLC'

Well what console before the xbox had DLC? I realise the pc had free content from developers for a long time and they still do, but it happened (to the best of my knowledge) first on Xbox with Xbox Live.

It's fine to pick and choose the 'bad' things that microsoft has brought to the gaming industry but atleast give them credit for the many good things they have brought too.

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Substance1012713d ago

Both Sony and Microsoft are in losses. What do you expect them to do?

They need to profit to make a new console. Introducing a new console will just mean taking more losses and resetting the current client base.

dangert122713d ago

how does the 360 slim exspand its life span unless the liturally cause its more reliable, so microsoft what are you gonna do for people like me who ain't falling for natal and its crap hardware cause it, if i don't have it how is my 360 lasting another 5 years please tell me

PhoenixDevil2713d ago

I was speaking to a complete 360 fanboy he was telling me how the new 360 is going to kick the ps3s ass n whatnot but he also proclaimed it was more powerful, that would increase the life span but if developers make games for the new 360 the old 360s should still play it so rly the new 360 doesnt add any kind of life in my opinion

arny2713d ago

there will be 5 disc xbox games by then

DuneBuggy2713d ago

Not if some future games are available on a flash drive or downloaded.....

Heisenberg2713d ago

and release a blockbuster game only through DLC or flash drive (which isn't an option anyway), they'd be missing out on a huge chunk of the market.

HarryM2713d ago

Well of course you'd say that; your picture is one of a PS3..

ProjectVulcan2713d ago (Edited 2713d ago )

I dont see it. Sony and nintendo will both launch new consoles before then, and microsoft will be forced into either the same action but far too late or disappear from the game. I would already be willing to bet they have plans on the table for a new machine. Its a concerted PR effort to focus attention on the current hardware and a real push to focus in on kinect, a PR assault to show how they truly believe kinect is the future of their brand.

The lure of a new generation is always far too strong for many people. I would take this with a pinch of salt, The industry is a very dynamic environment and can change rapidly inside two or three years. This generation is as good an example as any....

osamaq2713d ago

Sony stated that the PS3 will last 10 years that's means 2016
and Nintendo every 5 years launch new hardware and after the DS3d in 2011 five more years that's 2016 , so
MS new console in 2015
sony 2016
Nintendo 2016 , very reasonable .

the same before MS 2005, Sony 2006 , Nintendo 2006 .

ProjectVulcan2713d ago (Edited 2713d ago )

aaaaaaaaand if you read the article you should know that there is a difference between the words 'lifespan, lifecycle' of a console and the appearance of a new generation....This article suggests in the TITLE there will be no replacement, and microsoft will continue with 360 as their flagship machine through to 2015. Which is unlikely. If you read the text of the article instead of the header title created by the site themselves, the words used relate to the overall lifespan, and does not mean the same as denying a new machine will come before 2015.

PS3 will indeed likely be around into its tenth year, and just like PS1 or PS2 i doubt it will still be sony's flagship home console. It took six years after PS1 for PS2 to appear, and another five and a half for PS3. PS3 will probably last longer and 360 already has compared to xbox, but ten years without a new machine is pushing it in my opinion.

Thankyou, come again

commander2713d ago

Ps2 lived for 6 years before sony launched the ps3. The ps3 launched in 2006 so I would expect a new ps console at 2012 or worse case 2013. When they say 10years they dont mean 10years till a new console. The mean 10years on the market. Reading is fundamental.

MorganX2713d ago

Only if Sony exploits Blu-ray for games. With 802.11n and a richer netflix experience, ESPN, Zune Market, I don't think Blu-ray for movies is an advantage anymore. Especially with dedicated players going for $89. One of the biggest selling points for BD players now is having Netflix.

But if Sony can help/encourage developers to exploit the storage space for gaming then it will hurt MS. Otherwise, MS actually has the upperhand with built-in 802.11n. I don't think people realize how big a deal that is. They already have a superior online service/servers.

Rear USB is also quite nice now that it supports 16G of USB storage.

Time will tell.

Samus HD2713d ago

and i hope they don't change it

Red-Dead-Roar2713d ago

why would you like a new xbox? it's not like it's maxed out or anything..

JsonHenry2713d ago (Edited 2713d ago )

I figured MS and Sony were gonna use this motion control and 3D stuff to help extend the consoles loooonnnnggggg after we should have had a new one in our hands. But I didn't think it would be that long.

Glad I am a PC gamer too though..

Inside_out2713d ago (Edited 2713d ago )

When they start getting clubbed in the head by the competition and piracy more than they are now, they'll start singing a different tune. New console in 2012. That's why Gears 2 was SUPPOSE to be the last one, extended to 3 but Unreal 4 will power the next Gears. E3 2011 will start the hype train. Holiday 2012 will feature Gears and Halo as launch titles.

This is all posturing. Nintendo will begin to lose more and more market share. They will have no choice but to go HD. I think if Sony could develop a killer app for not only the move but also 3D using blu-ray. M$ and Nintendo would have to move forward...of course, that's a big IF. Right now nothing on PS3 outsells the top titles on 360/Wii. Not even close.

Holiday 2010 will be a big factor. If Wii mantains and M$ gains...they will have no reason for change. I guess what I'm saying is " GO Sony ".

D4RkNIKON2713d ago

At least they are supporting this console.. *cough* original xbox *cough*

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TheLeprachaun2713d ago

As usual, this means they'll be supporting the xbox 360 until 2015, not that there won't be a new console until then. I'd say we can expect an xbox successor sometime in 2012/2013.

Aloren2713d ago

Why are people disagreeing with you ? I'd say you're right ;)...

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Titanz2713d ago

So I think 360 and PS3 could have a longer console cycle because of their advance hardware.

Omega42713d ago

If Kinect is a success there is no way they can release a new xbox until at least 3 years, cause the new xbox will have Kinect 2 and that would annoying a lot of current owners.

SCThor2713d ago

what else will they map? your ass?? your fanboyism?